This Me Too Movement is bringing awareness to sexual assault. Sexual assault has been ignored or not taken seriously for so long. I think bringing awareness to this topic is a good thing for so many females and males because they could tell their story and not feel judged. People have an outlet to express their feelings and how it affected them. In an article about sexual assault statistics, it says “one in five women and one in sixteen men are sexually assaulted while in college. Rape is the most under-reported crime; 63% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police. Only 12% of child abuse is reported to authorities. The prevalence of false reporting is between 2% and 10%.”
I could remember the first time I was sexually assaulted. I was a kid in the first grade. A little boy was trying to touch my vagina and I wouldn’t let him. I kept pushing him away, but instead he ended up pushing me down the stairs. I had told the teacher, but she did nothing. My uncle had picked me up from school that day and I told him I had a really bad headache. He carried me all the way home on his back. I remember getting home, taking off my backpack, and laying down in my mother’s bed and falling asleep. The next thing I knew, I was waking up in a hospital bed with a nurse standing over me asking “Are you okay? Do you know where you are? what happened?” A couple years ago I had asked my mother what made her take me the emergency room and she said that I had a fever and I wouldn’t wake up. I also asked her what ever happened with that whole situation. She said she had a conference with little boy’s parents, the principal, and the teacher. The little boy was formally suspended. I just remember going to a new school. I never went back there. That was the first time I was ever exposed to sexual assault. It can happen from kids, females, males, strangers, and even from people you know.
Why don’t people want to report when they have been sexually assaulted, abused, or raped? How can people feel safe in a world where their is evil people that do things to make someone feel so weak and little about themselves? How can someone continue to go on without feeling like it’s their fault? How can you stop someone from holding back their full potential because they are afraid of being sexually assaulted again? How can a person continue to be strong?
Support. Encouragement. Love. Avoid judgement. Know your resources. The pain never goes away from being sexually assaulted. So be careful and mindful with how you approach someone who has gone through something like that. A listening ear is always a big way to help and support.