If you have read the photo or if you can’t read it you can see it here. Those statistics are just of kids. Some other statistics I have I got from RAINN which include people of all ages. These statistics are: 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men will be sexually assaulted or attempted by their perpetrator in their lifetime. Which unfortunately means someone in your family or you will be a part of this statistic. About every two minutes one of these people in the United States will be sexually assaulted. Out of every 100 rapes: 46 will get reported, 12 will lead to an arrest, 9 will get prosecuted, 5 will lead to a felony conviction, and 3 perpetrators will spend even a single day in prison. While the other 97 walk free into our communities. These statistics could be a lot higher, because these are based on the people who do come to the police.
What is wrong with these statistics? A lot. One thing that is wrong with this is the fact that the perpetrators are getting justice and the people who are assaulted aren’t. One person who is assaulted is one too many. It breaks my heart to see these statistics so high. It breaks my heart even more to know that so many people are sexually assaulted yet sexual violence just gets swept under the rug.
During my first event one of the speakers who is my coach pointed out something that I had no idea of. She asked everyone in the room how many of them know somebody who has breast cancer or has died from it. A lot of people raised their hands almost everyone did. See breast cancer is known by everyone. She then said that more people are sexually assaulted then get breast cancer. Which I did not know.
My point here is that sexual violence is a bigger problem than breast cancer yet it has very little awareness at least media wise. Yea people know of sexual violence, but do they realize how big of a problem it is? You see breast cancer awareness everywhere well at least I do. I didn’t see one thing regarding Sexual Assault Awareness Month during April, but I saw a whole bunch of breast cancer awareness.
Sexual violence is a violent crime committed by another person. It can and will be stopped, but people tend to just sweep it under the rug, because they don’t think it applies to them. Well it does, because sexual violence is everyone’s issue. If we all come together we can stop it, but if people continue to just sweep it under the rug then it will remain the same big issue that we have not just in America, but worldwide.
So what I am saying is that if you have been assaulted, you know someone who has, or you are against sexual violence then stop keeping this huge problem so hush hush. It’s time we come together and end sexual violence and create a huge awareness. We need to create a safe, supportive, awareness raising and educational environment so that everyone has a place to go. We need to start empowering each other and stop caring only about ourselves. We need to do this even if it means leaving our comfort zones. That is why my cause The Teal Ribbon Project is working on getting up our first in school club/alliance.
So let’s take these very high statistics and make it so nobody ever has to experience sexual violence again. If we have accomplished getting footprints on the moon we can accomplish the end of sexual violence. Everything is accomplishable and nothing is impossible. So whether you have been assaulted or not let the world have our silence. Speak up, speak out, take positive action, use your voice, make a change and save millions. We need to break the silence that has kept us from evolving and stopping the most horrific crime that can be committed against another. Now is the time for change.
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