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National Sexual Assault Awareness

“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
    1. Save our 24-hour hotline in your phone 586-463-6990
    2. Visit rainn.org for national resources
  • Accept that preventing sexual violence is everybody’s responsibility
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