Sexual Assault Ribbon

There are so many diseases, social causes, immoral practices that have a month. Even black folks and Hispanics got one (Ours is shorter, and yours is goes through two months. Bah!) April is sexual assault awareness month.

I feel that sexual assault shouldn’t be something that you’re just aware of for a month. It can happen to anyone: straight, gay, male, female, all colors of the rainbow. It doesn’t matter. It saddens me that this issue can be seen as a unifying one, unilaterally going across all borders. And I’m not sure there are many who would be proponent for sexual assault.

I makes me sad because I would like to see a world where this wasn’t an issue anymore. Where it was known that a person’s body deserves respect, and to take someone by force ravages the very soul of the person. Wilts them. Damages the mind, the heart. Makes life a strange place, darker, less than safe. Just less. The survivor (and this is about survival.) has to learn this new world. Adapt. And learns to overcome.

So, I hope this month you took a moment to think about the implications that

  • 1 rape occurs every 2 minutes.
  • There were 248,300 sexual assaults in 2007.
  • One in Four college women report surviving rape (15 percent) or attempted rape (12 percent) since their fourteenth birthday.
  • A survey of high school students found that one in five had experienced forced sex (rape). Half of these girls told no one about the incident. [One in Four In US] [RAINN]

And why this is happening, and still happens? And who do you know that has been assaulted that might not have told anyone? And why is there still this stigma against the survivor? What would have to change in our society to makes these things not exist, to make blogs like this unnecessary?

Next month, there is the Rock Against Rape Benefit Concert, where the funds raised will be donated to the local sexual assault orgs in the Morgantown area. I like the idea that it’s not in April, to remind people this isn’t something that just happens in one month.