Sexual Assault

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---The issue that i’m focusing on is Sexual Abuse . I chose This topic because I know a few individuals who have been through and survived this tragic situation , these people were willing to share their stories with me and now i’m here to inform you on how important and how life changing this horrifying experience can be and to also let you know that being in that situation is never the victim’s fault . Another word for this topic may be a word that you are familiar with , Rape . When most people hear that someone has been raped they auttomatically assume it was a female that has been sexually assulted when it’s not just female’s . being sexually assulted has no Gender on it , this happens to young girls , boys , women and men . Studdies show that sexual predators aim for the weak minded , handicapped , or less fortunate , by them going after these victims it makes it eaiser to take advantage of them and make them feel unimportant ..Most sexual assaults are committed by someone of the same race as the victim . Look closely at gender roles and stereotypes . Studies find that most perpetrators have a rigid sense of gender roles , masculinity, femininity , and homophobia . Power , control , and anger are more likely to be the primary motivators.

For many people who have been impacted by sexual assault , current and long-term safety can be an on going concern . Safety planning is about brainstorming ways to stay safe that may also help reduce the risk of future harm . It can include planning for a future crisis , considering your options , and making decisions about your next steps . Finding ways to stay and feel safer can be an important step towards healing , and these plans and actions should not increase the risk of being hurt . Another way to prevent or stop sexual abuse is to Look closely at gender roles and stereotypes. Studies find that most perpetrators have a rigid sense of gender roles, masculinity, femininity, and homophobia you can also Model healthy relationships to others. Making an effort to continually treat people with respect sends many positive messages to our friends and family . Let people in your life know that you are connected to resources for survivors or willing to talk about the sensitive issues of sexual violence when they arise . This will mean a great deal to anyone in their time of need . There are many other ways to work to end sexual violence in your comunity . there are other simple ways to protect and prevent being sexually assualted , Like being in large geuops of people when your out and about , keeping a cellpohone with you at all times , never travel long distaances alone , just many things to prevent having that horrible experience.

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Diedre's survival story

"I didn't want anyone to know what happened to me, especially my parents. They're older and they wouldn't understand. I thought that if I made a police report, my family would find out. I called the police department anonymously and talked with a detective. She told me that I could make the report without telling my parents."
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Lucia's survival story

"I was raped when I was a senior in high school. At first, I didn't tell anyone what happened. My mother had always said that sex was something you saved for the person you loved and that it was really important to be a virgin when you got married. When I was raped, I confused the rape with sex. I thought that if I wasn't technically a virgin, then I must be bad. I thought, "No way am I ever going to say anything. It would kill my mom." But, my mom knew something was wrong. She could see I was upset. Finally, I couldn't hold it in anymore. I told her. I won't pretend that she took it well at first. We had to talk about it a lot. Fortunately, I also told my best friend and she convinced me and my mom to get some counseling. I think that what also helped is how close my family is. Although my mom took it really hard at first, when she finally realized I wasn't the guilty one, she was really there for me."

---Many people dont knoww but the month of april is SexualAssualt Awarness month , its a month where survivors and non-survivors are remembered and loved on by one another , its a month to show that sexual abuse is not a joke , that people are hurt and scarred from the horrible experience . On this month everyones voooice is heard . Despite reforms to our legal system, sexual violence remains pervasive and largely misunderstood. Nearly one in six American women will experience an attempted or completed rape at some point in her life, and for some groups, rates of sexual violence are even higher. Almost one in three American Indian and Alaska Native women will be sexually assaulted. Young women ages 16 to 24 are at greatest risk, and an alarming number of young women are sexually assaulted while in college. Too many men and boys are also affected. With each new victim and each person still suffering from an attack, we are called with renewed purpose to respond to and rid our Nation of all forms of sexual violence. Each victim of sexual assault represents a sister or a daughter, a nephew or a friend. We must break the silence so no victim anguishes without resources or aid in their time of greatest need.

Survivors of sexual assault who publicly speak out create change in the silence that surrounds this crime. Your act of speaking out can end the false sense of shame that survivors often carry. Seeing you cast off the shame may inspire them to do the same. In speaking out about partner rape, I have received many warm and heartfelt correspondences from people who felt very isolated but who now know that they’re not alone, that they can seek help, and that they can heal. Seeing people’s lives changing in this way is one of the greatest fruits my efforts can bear, and I am intensely glad to have used my voice to help facilitate it.

Sexual assault and its wounds flourish in an atmosphere of secrecy, silence and myth. Speaking out brings it into the light. The courage of survivors prepared to speak has agitated for legal change, brought about improvements in therapeutic approaches, and undermines in a very powerful way social myths about sexual assault that promote acceptance of this crime.

Sexual Abuse: I Am A Survivor