100 Things You Can Do to Prevent Sexual Assault

Below are statistics about sexual assault. Please read the stats and click the two links to learn more about sexual assault. It’s important to be educated and then know what to do to prevent the violence in your communities.  Also checkout the list of things to do to prevent sexual assault.

Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault

Women Sexual Assault Statistics

  • According to a study conducted by the National Victim Center, 1.3 women ( age 18 and over) in the United States are forcibly raped each minute. That translates to 78 per hour, 1,871 per day, or 683,000 per year.
  • Seventy-five percent of women raped are between the ages of 15 and 21. The average age is 18.
  • Of female Americans who are raped, 54% experience their first rape before age 18.
  • Women with a childhood history of sexual abuse are 4.7 times more likely to be subsequently raped.  

Child Sexual Assault Statistics 

  • 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually assaulted before the age of 18..
  • 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted by age 18
  • Persons under 18 years of age account for 67% of all sexual assault victimization reported to law enforcement agencies. Children under 12 years old account for 34% of those cases and children under six years account for 14% of those cases
  • 1.8 million U.S. Adolescents have been sexually assaulted 
  • Teens 16 to 19 years of age were three and a half times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault
  • 69% of teen sexual assaults reported to law enforcement occurred in the residence of the victim, the offender, or another individual
  • 24% of sexually active girls younger than 13 years old reported that their first intercourse was non-consensual
  • 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 

http://www.lafasa.org/Publications/lastats.cfm

 AAUW Breaking Through Barriers For Women and Girls

http://www.aauw.org/advocacy/laf/lafnetwork/library/assault_stats.cfm

 The 100 Ways to Prevent Sexual Assault is an awesome list of simple things people can do to prevent violence, promote positivity, awareness and responsibility in their communities. We must educate ourselves and then teach those around us. When we know better, we must do better. There is also a resource list at the end of this post.

100 Things You Can Do to Prevent Sexual Assault

1) Respect a person’s right to say no

2) educate yourself on the issues

3) volunteer at your local rape crisis program

4) believe survivors

5) contact your local legislators and political leaders

6) know the statistics

7) trust your gut feeling

8) speak out against all forms of violence

9) respect and embrace diversity

10) avoid blaming the victim

11) believe in equality

12) be aware of how violence is portrayed in the media

13) speak out against the media’s portrayal of violence

14) advocate for more rape prevention education programs

15) admit that it does happen in your community

16) understand that sexual violence affects us all

17) participate in local take back the night events

18) listen

19) stop others from slipping a date rape drug in someone’s drink

20) know that sexual violence is about power and control

21) teach kids how to stay safe

22) advocate for victim’s rights

23) know the laws

24) believe that a safer world is possible

25) attend events sponsored by local rape crisis centers

26) be alert and aware

27) participate in sexual assault awareness month activities

28) teach kids that violence is not the answer

29) put a sexual violence prevention sticker on your car

30) sponsor a fund raiser for your local sexual assault program

31) know that most sex offenders aren’t strangers

32) respect your partner or significant other

33) avoid making threats or using coercion and pressure to get sex

34) be courageous

35) wear a sexual assault prevention t-shirt

36) visit the njcasa.org website

37) support RAINN sponsored concerts and events

38) avoid making assumptions

39) be nonjudgmental

40) speak out against racist, sexist or homophobic jokes

41) be strong

42) start an email campaign

43) know the resources available in your community

44) advocate for more youth violence prevention programs

45) know that it can happen to anyone

46) write a letter to the editor of your newspaper

47) write an article for your school paper or workplace newsletter

48) be safe and aware when on the internet

49) get others to speak out against sexual violence

50) tell your parents what you know about sexual assault

51) create a sexual assault bulletin board

52) stop your sexual advances if the other person says no

53) encourage others to do the same

54) avoid buying music that glorifies sexual violence

55) urge your local radio stations to stop playing music that contains violent lyrics

56) applaud others who speak out against sexual violence

57) invite a speaker from your local rape crisis center

58) pledge to never commit or condone acts of sexual violence

59) stop yourself from taking advantage of someone who is passed out or incoherent

60) call for help if you witness an act of violence

61) get help

62) respect the choices victims and survivors make to survive

63) stop others from taking advantage of someone who is intoxicated

64) respect different lifestyles

65) know that men can be raped

66) empathize

67) know that sexual violence can be a form of domestic violence

68) work towards eliminating oppression of all kinds

69) think globally and act locally

70) open your mind

71) open your eyes

72) open your heart

73) engage others in discussions about sexual violence

74) challenge assumptions

75) break the silence

76) know the rights of victims

77) empower

78) advocate

79) be open to change

80) reach out

81) educate

82) have compassion

83) know that you have the power to make a difference

84) find your voice

85) learn about sexual harassment

86) learn about healthy boundaries

87) notice when someone invades your boundaries

88) get help if you are being sexually harassed

89) report it if you witness sexual harassment in your school or workplace

90) support a friend

91) protect yourself

92) talk about it

93) learn about date rape drugs

94) get the facts

95) tell others

96) stay alert

97) stay aware

98) know your school’s or workplace’s policies on sexual violence and harassment 99) reinforce that rape is never the victim’s fault

100) avoid engaging in, supporting or encouraging sexual harassment

http://www.ncdsv.org/images/100thingsSa.pdf 

I’M A SURVIVOR

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. As a ten-year survivor of sexual assault, I praise God for restoration, true relationship with Him and health; mentally, emotionally and physically. I thank God that I am no longer a victim but a victor. I am taking back everything the devil stole from me. I am not the woman I was back in 2000. I am not afraid, angry or fearful. I am strong, confident and at peace. To God be ALL the glory.

As a survivor, I feel strongly about educating and empowering those around me regarding this issue. I want to encourage people to be more aware, safe and responsible. Often time’s violence and victimization are not discussed due to people feeling ashamed and embarrassed. While the topic of sexual assault is uncomfortable, it must be discussed so that the growing epidemic can be stopped.

People need to know how to prevent sexual violence and what to do if they or someone they love has been victimized. I was ignorant about sexual assault until it happened to me on my college campus. I didn’t tell anyone, except one friend. I didn’t know what to do, so for two years I did nothing. I kept going to my classes and attempted to live life as normal. Needless to say, I was struggling. Life was not the same, I was not the same.

Two years after the assault, I confided in my GPhiG campus minister because I was tired of the emotional rollercoaster. The minister, an awesome woman of God that I remain in contact with, loved on me and encouraged me to seek counseling. My counselor was understanding and compassionate and she encouraged me to tell my parents. My parents were then and still are amazing, very supportive and understanding. Rededicating my life to Christ in 2002, telling those that loved me about the assault and seeking counseling, were three of the best decisions I have ever made.

I don’t want anyone else to have to suffer in silence. I want people to know that they are not alone and there is help out there. I want people to know that God is bigger than sexual assault; He loves them and wants to see them free. He wants to give you beauty for ashes.

Here is a poem that I wrote on 2/20/03. My counselor encouraged me to submit it into the Creative Expressions Exhibit, an art exhibit for sexual assault survivors and it was selected! It was displayed with many others at the Detroit Public Library-Main Branch for a few weeks. There was a seminar held the day the exhibit was featured. My parents and a few friends came to support me. We went to dinner afterwards. That was a great night!

Survivor

Today the sun is shining

And I am feeling good

I have no fears or worries

Though the world may think that I should

I have control over my emotions

And no longer am I hiding out

I am now facing my fears

And I know so much more now

What life is all about

And even when the bad days come

I know now what to do

No longer do I get depressed

Because that would give the control right back to you

You may have raped me

But you didn’t kill my soul

I am stronger now

And the days of being a victim

Are now long gone and old

I am being healed more each day

God is my comforter and He is taking the pain away

My life is good and I am truly blessed

I don’t fear or hate you, like you may have guessed

I pray that you have stopped hurting women

And have turned from your wicked ways

But where you go or what you do

I am no longer fazed

Today the sun is shining and great is how I feel

Everyday is not always easy

But daily I am being healed

Because I am a survivor!!

 

Resources

Word of Faith International Christian Center

Bishop Keith A. Butler, Pastor
Pastor Andre Butler, Co-Pastor
20000 W. Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Phone: 248.353.3476
24-Hour Prayer: 1.800.541.PRAY (7729)

Perspectives of Troy (Christian Counseling)
888 W. Big Beaver  Ste. 1450 (Northeast corner of Crooks and Big Beaver, City Center Building)
Troy, MI  48084
Tel:  248-244-8644

East Location
4151 17 Mile Rd. Ste. D (E. of Ryan on North side of 17 mile)
Sterling Heights, MI  48310
Tel:  586-268-6712

HAVEN

Our mission is to eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault across Oakland County and the surrounding communities through treatment and prevention services.

Local Crisis and Support Line: (248) 334.1274
Toll-free Crisis and Support Line: (877) 922-1274
TTY Line: (248) 334-1290

Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

http://www.mcadsv.org/

RAINN

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE

http://rainn.org

Here is a list of state resources listed on RAINN’s website

http://www.rainn.org/get-help/local-counseling-centers/state-sexual-assault-resources