Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Sexual Violence

For those of you who don’t know, one of the things I do, besides theatre, is work as a hospital advocate and community educator. I know this is a hard thing to think about or talk about but it affects so many people, people in our lives, people that we know and love and care about. Throughout April, I’m going to highlight a few different issues around sexual and domestic violence. I want to share a few statistics with you, focus on a few myths about sexual assault, and most importantly, talk about how YOU can make a difference! I am hugely convicted about this. As bloggers, I think we have a big voice and this is an important time to use it! So I hope it’s okay if we have a conversation…


Here are some numbers…
1 in 6 women have experienced a sexual assault. 1 in 33 men have, too.
Someone is sexually assaulted every two minutes. More than 200,000 people a year.
More than HALF of those assaults will not be reported.
97% of rapists will not spend a day in prison for their crime.
Again, I know this is not easy stuff to think about or talk about. But I hope this month, we’ll try. I encourage you to find out more. Visit RAINN for more information and statistics or for ways to get involved in your community.

If you or someone you know needs help or has questions, you can call the free, confidential 24/7 National Sexual Assault Hotline and speak with a trained advocate. They can talk with you about anything or they can direct you to your local hotline, as well.

1-800-656-HOPE

Please feel free to email me or leave a comment if you have questions or thoughts about this issue. I would really love to hear from you.

love, elizabeth

6 comments:

Ashley @ A Recipe for Sanity said...

So glad you are talking about this. As I think I've mentioned before, I am a survivor myself, and I think this is such an important issue to talk about. We all know rape exists, but sometimes I think it gets overlooked. I think a lot of people believe it could never happen to them. I'm glad you are increasing the awareness surrounding this issue.

Alex said...

I'm so glad you took the time to post about this. So great to get some awareness out there.

Mrs. Pancakes said...

this is a great cause for sure and i will make sure i bring some awareness to it on my blog for sure..thanks for bringing it to our attention Elizabeth!

toi said...

thank you for brinking awareness to this issue.

I like your new header :)

Paige Andy said...

I can't believe those numbers. That's out of control. Thank you for helping to spread awareness; it's appreciated!

Courtney said...

A topic all too close to my heart.

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