Every 73 seconds an American is Sexually Assaulted. (1)
An American. This doesn’t even include the other billions of people in the world. (1)
“You’re not a victim for sharing your story. You are a survivor setting the world on fire with your truth. And you never know who needs your light, your warmth, and raging courage.”
Women has been the victim of attempted/completed rape in her lifetime (1)
Of those molesting a child under the age of six were family members (4)
Rape victims is male (1)
96 percent of people who sexually abuse children are male, 76 percent are married men, and 76.8 percent of people who sexually abuse children are adults. (4)
The younger the victim, the more likely it is that the abuser is a family member. Family members also accounted for 23 percent of those abusing children ages 12 to 17 (4)
These are just some of the terrifying and mind numbing statistics of rape, sexual assault, child molestation, and sex crimes in our Nation. So, for any of those people that make fun of the #metoo movement, for those who wonder why a woman waits years to speak up, or a man never speaks up, this is why.
Sexual trauma changes you. From the moment it happens it has changed you for the rest of your life. Today I am sharing this to help break the silence, because the day you break the silence is the day you take the power away from your abuser and give it back to yourself.
Where you can find help:
The National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline (800) 656-4673
or through their website at https://www.rainn.org/
Confidential. Will route you to a trained professional who will help you find local resources to help you.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
National list of resources from NSVRC: https://www.nsvrc.org/organizations?field_organizations_target_id=All&field_states_territories_target_id=229
Offers support for survivors, friends and family, and advocates and educators.
Resources for men at 1in6 http://www.1in6.org/
offers weekly support groups and other resources for men who have been victims of sexual trauma
Additional notable statistics:
The correlation between childhood sexual abuse and adult victimization is well documented, although this study suggests that the prevalence rates suggested by individual studies range from 10-90%. (2)
The long-term impact of child sexual abuse (CSA) on various health and social problems can be significant for both men and women. Multiple studies examining the long-term effects of CSA have found increased risk for outcomes such as substance use and misuse, psychiatric disorders, suicide, and numerous other health and social problems. These issues are complex, and abuse and neglect can — depending on a variety of other factors — affect various aspects of a person’s life. (3)
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