Sexual violence is a very serious public health problem that affects millions of women & men.
In the USA, most victims first experienced sexual violence before they were 25 years old.
The ultimate goal is to call attention
to & stop sexual violence before it begins.
UNDERSTANDING SEXUAL VIOLENCE:
Sexual violence is any sexual activity where consent is not freely given. This includes completed or attempted sex acts that are against the victim’s will or involve a victim who is unable to consent.
Sexual violence also includes: unwanted sexual contact & non-contact, unwanted sexual experiences (such as verbal sexual harassment)
Sexual violence can be committed by anyone:
a current or former intimate partner
A family member
A person in a position of power or trust
A friend or acquaintance
A stranger, or someone known only by sight
Sexual violence impacts health in many ways & can lead to long-term physical & mental health problems.
For example, victims may experience chronic pain, headaches, & sexually transmitted diseases.
They are often fearful or anxious & may have problems trusting others.
Anger & stress can lead to eating disorders, depression, & even suicidal thoughts.
CDC uses a 4-step Approach to address public health problems such as sexual violence:
1) Define the problem
2) Identify risk & protective factors
3) Develop & test prevention strategies
4) Assure widespread adoption
THE ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO STOP SEXUAL VIOLENCE BEFORE IT BEGINS!!!
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This next article I edited & put some of it in my own words, it came from Hannah Baldwin of the News-Star from 4-13-2016:
Men wobbled in high heeled shoes as they lined up to walk along Northeast Drive on the University of Louisiana at Monroe campus…
They were participants in a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an annual event during which men wear high heeled shoes to raise awareness of gender violence.
The Wellspring, ULM Femhawks & Sexual Assault Response Team of Oauchita Parish organized the event, which ended with a vigil in Bayou Park.
Teri O’Neal the Oauchita Parish Coroner talked about her role overseeing sexual assault investigations in the parish.
Dozens of students spoke
of their support of survivors of domestic & sexual violence. Survivors spoke, too.
ULM freshman Emily said she had forgotten about the event. As she was walking to dinner, she saw the men in high heels & decided to stay for the vigil.
After watching other survivors speak about their experiences of surviving domestic violence, child abuse & sexual assault, she walked up to the podium to tell her story.
It was the first time she had spoken publicly about it.
“I figured if there’s other people that can (tell their stories), then I could, too,”
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Categories: Jonathan Gordon