By Isabella Haitsma
Walk in Beauty
Sexual Assault is a serious issue in our community, among many others. It is an issue that many people are not aware of, or simply just chose to ignore because of how disgusting and morally wrong it is. The solution is not to ignore that it is happening, the solution actually starts with awareness. People need to know what is happening in our country, in our cities, towns, on our streets, in our neighborhood, and even in our homes. People need to be aware of the seriousness of this issue.
Sexual assault can include many different acts, and these acts can be done to any kind of victim. Sexual assault includes being touched places that you don't want to be touched, molestation, rape, and attempted rape. Sexual assault can happen to anyone; men women, and children. Many people stereotype sex offenders as shady men; when really, clean cut men are often sex offenders, not only men are sex offenders, women, and even other children commit sexual assault crimes. It is also very often that the offender is someone the victim knows, and it is many offenders are evenfamily members. When someone is a victim of sexual assault, it is very often that the victim does not tell anyone about what happened, for many different reasons, whether they're afraid nobody will believe their story, or if their embarrassed by it, or even because the offender used threats against them if they ever talked about it to anyone. If you are a victim of sexual assault, YOU MUST TELL SOMEONE! Tell someone you trust, your parents, a teacher, friends, or go straight to the police, somebody WILL help you, even if you're afraid. Survivors of sexual assault don't often go on with their lives as if nothing had happened.
Another thing that will help solve the issue of sexual assault is prevention. There many waysyou can help prevent yourself from being a victim of sexual assault. One way to prevent yourself from being a victim is to be aware of your surroundings, don't wonder off into space while out in public by yourself, be aware of who is around you and the things that are going on around you. If someone is harassing you, make a scene, make sure that if there's anyone else around, their eyes are on whats going on, be loud, cuss, wave your arms around, anything that will catch everyone's attention. If someone tells you to get in a car, don't do it, even if they're holding a gun to you, trying to force you in, again, make a scene and don't get into the car, chances are, nobody will shoot you in public, with other people watching, once you get into the car though, you're in private, you can't do much to get away, or to gethelp, the offender has you where he wants you. If for some reason you're in a car, GET OUT. Jump out of the car, even if you're afraid to get hurt. Breaking your leg will be better than being sexually assaulted, and even killed. If someone gets in your car, puts a gun to your head and tells you to gosomewhere, crash your car, not to the point that you will be severely hurt, just crash your car somewhere that the police will definitely be called.My mom used to work graveyard shift at a hospital, when her shift was over, it'd be dark outside, andshed have to walk back to her car alone, she was afraid of anything happening to her, so she would puther keys in between her fingers, as a weapon, if she needed it. When you were young, do you everremember your parents telling you not to talk to strangers? This is a good rule, don't talk to anyone youdon't know, don't trust them, don't walk to a secluded place where it's just the two of you.Don't give information out on the Internet, it makes it extremely easy for anyone to find you.
Survivors of sexual assault, don't just go on with their lives as if nothing had ever happened, many victims develop depression, and/or PTSD (Post Trauma Stress Disorder). If you have ever been a victim of sexual assault, there are many ways to help you emotionally,it's good if you have a someone who is your support system, someone you really trust, it could be parents, siblings, friends, teachers, anyone. There are also many support groups for victims of sexual assault, it could help to get support from others that have experienced the same things that you have.People also often find comfort to get their story out to the public, and make the people aware of what is going on in their community.I find it disgusting how often people are sexually assaulted.
I find it disgusting with the numberof people who aren't fully aware of how often sexual assault crimes are committed. I find disgusting that anyone would even think of sexually assaulting another human being, children even! It's sadthat sexual assault will continue, unless we come to a community and take a stand. We will need goodhearts, support, compassion, sympathy, love, determination, and strength. We can no longer let thishappen to our mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, and friends. Nobody deserves to be degraded and hurtthe way so many already have. We need to help our people, and change our community for the better