Sexual assault victims are often wrongly accused for what happened to them. One of the most common questions victims hear is “what were you wearing?” This question insinuates that what a victim was wearing could have provoked someone to sexually assault them. A Twitter user, Christina Fox (@Steenfox),… Read More
Sexual Assault Awareness
If your child is sexually assaulted or raped:
- Talk openly with your child and listen empathetically. Say: 'I believe you.'
- Call a rape crisis hotline to be directed to a local expert medical provider.
- Consider a SANE exam to preserve evidence. Decide if you want the police present (you can call police later).
- Consult with an attorney that specializes in sexual assault to learn about your rights, and the process if you press charges.
- Find an experienced counselor who can help your child, and you.
These are the facts...
44% of all sexual assault and rape victims are under age 18 with 15% under the age of 12. Girls ages 16-19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault. A startling 93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker. 68% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police and 98% of rapists will NEVER spend a single day in jail.
In generations past and into today, children have learned about the boundaries of their bodies in relation to how a ‘stranger’ might approach, touch, coerce, or force. ‘Stranger Danger’ has long been the watchword and the media shows us movies, TV segments, reports, and public service announcements focused… Read More
68% of all sexual assaults are unreported according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN). One challenge to understanding the seriousness of sexual abuse in the US is the lack of accurate statistics and consistent legal definitions. Recently there has been a debate over an article… Read More
We’ve been talking a lot the last few weeks here at Moms Fight Back about rape culture, sexual abuse, rape, and sexual violence. We’ve looked at what we can do to help our kids avoid being victims, as well as how to help them from the heart when… Read More
In a world full of abuse, neglect and bullying, there are countless scars. The memories that these scars hold either break us down or inspire us to fight back. I for one, believe in challenging the predators that haunt us and the systems that fail us. Today, I… Read More