Letter to the editor:

April is national Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual assault happens in this

community. We at Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center serve these victim/survivors

every day. While we often see and hear national reports on the rates of sexual assault, it

is the faces of the women and men who are ours friends, family members, or students that

cause us to see the true reality of the trauma that rape causes.

While we receive many ideas about sexual assault based on myths, focusing on the

clothes the victim wore, or the amount of alcohol that was consumed, we all know the

reality. Rape is wrong. No one asks to be raped. No one deserves to be humiliated

and degraded through sexual violence. Alcohol may be a correlating factor in a number

of sexual assaults but it is not a cause. There is absolutely no connection between

consenting to alcohol consumption and consenting to sex.

We all have a responsibility in this. We can all help stop sexual violence. Refrain from

making or laughing at jokes about sexual assault. Remind others that because so many

women and men have experienced sexual violence and/or abuse that what they’re saying

could be very personal and hurtful. Talk about it. As individuals we have a lot of

power. Let’s raise our standards to promote equality and respect.

Educate yourself. Help local victims by supporting Crisis Intervention & Advocacy

Center. 24 hour Crisis Line 1.800.400.4884.

Kacey Barrow

DA/SART Coordinator

Adel