1 in 5 college women & 1 in 16 college men are sexually assaulted.
1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.
1 in 3 women around the world will be raped, beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime.
Let that truly sink in.
Victims of sexual assault are:
-3x more likely to suffer from depression
-6x more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress
-4x more likely to contemplate suicide
-26x more likely to abuse drugs
These statistics are real, so why is it taboo to talk about? How can we change these statistics in the future?
It’s important to talk about these issues, and not just as a startling and shocking statistical number -but as part of a larger conversation. Building communities that educate people to speak up, to intervene, and to support victims is something for which we are all responsible for.
I am proud to be part of the Orange County Community, the first county in the United States to join the White House’s Its On Us Campaign, designed to raise awareness about sexual assault. It’s On Us is part of a cultural movement aimed to shift the way we think about sexual assault. The campaign is fundamentally aiming to re-frame the conversation surrounding sexual assault in a way that makes everyone accountable to step up and be part of the solution. Parents, teachers, individuals, and organizations should all feel responsible for the empowerment and education of our community members to help everyone understand what they can do to prevent sexual assault from happening.
Our organization has taken the pledge, we invite you to do the same and encourage you to declare that sexual assault is not only a crime committed by a perpetrator against a victim, but a societal problem in which all of us have a role to play. Please visit http://itsonus.org/ to take your pledge today.
If you are a survivor of sexual or domestic abuse, Access can connect you to a trained counselor anytime of the day or night. To learn more about the supports and services Access provides visit http://accesssupports.org/behavioral-health/ or call 1-888-750-2266.
We are committed to leading the movement towards a world in which no one is a victim of assault or abuse.