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 More4.28.2017 / Heidi Ganahl
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 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 More4.25.2017 / Heidi Ganahl
This piece was submitted to our 100K Stories Project by an author who wishes to remain anonymous. This powerful statement is what she shared in court, addressing the sexual assault that shattered her world, and the person who sexually assaulted her. Your Honor, Today is not a… Read More4.17.2017 / Heidi Ganahl
Moms Fight Back is a community of 40,000+ powerful and passionate Coloradoans who are coming together, online and in their own neighborhoods across the state, to work together on the most pressing issues facing our kids today. For nearly two years Moms Fight Back has worked at a… Read More12.27.2016 / Heidi Ganahl
This special guest post was authored and provided to Moms Fight Back by Maralee McLean. In her book, Prosecuted but Not Silenced: Courtroom Reform for Sexually Abused Children, Maralee McLean shares her own legal and personal journey to try to protect her daughter from her ex-husband and his alleged sexual abuse. She… Read More12.12.2016 / Heidi Ganahl