“I don’t remember the penetrative act of being raped, and truthfully, I probably never will. Which, while the details of my rape do not haunt me or keep me up at night, my imagination does in trying to piece together the unknown. I do not know which is better, or easier. What I do remember, however, and vividly, was the social punishment after being raped. This included spending hours answering questions about what I was wearing, if I flirted with my perpetrator, if I clearly said no, all while I sat in a neck-brace with a busted lip” –Survivor of a drug facilitated sexual assault
What is sexual assault?
- A life-changing experience rooted in power and control
- Any unwanted sexual penetration and/or touching
- Includes but is not limited to: rape, sexual harassment, sexual jokes, sexual comments, vulgar gestures
How does sexual assault impact everyone?
- 1 out of every 6 American women, and 1 out of every 33 American men have been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime
- Every 92 seconds someone in America is sexually assaulted, every 9 minutes that victim is a child
How can I help?
- Believe survivors
- Educate others to know that victim blaming is not acceptable
- Empower yourself and others by learning about available resource
- Save our 24-hour hotline in your phone 586-463-6990
- Visit rainn.org for national resources
- Accept that preventing sexual violence is everybody’s responsibility