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.