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Old 04-08-2004, 12:01 PM
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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Notice to Readers: Sexual Assault Awareness Month, April 2004

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). During this month, 59 state and territorial rape prevention and education programs, other partners, and CDC will highlight activities that increase awareness about sexual violence. One of six U.S. women and one of 33 U.S. men have been victims of rape or attempted rape as a child or as an adult (1).

This year's theme for SAAM is "Decihttp://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/dvp/saam.htmde to End Sexual Violence." Materials, including posters, postcards, pins, and stickers, are available from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Additional information is available from the center, 123 North Enola Drive, Enola, Pennsylvania 17025, telephone 877-739-3895, at http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/dvp/saam.htm

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Tjaden P, Thoennes N. Full report of the prevalence, incidence, and consequences of violence against women: findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey. Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice, CDC, 2000 (NCJ publication no. 183781).



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Old 04-08-2004, 12:03 PM
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I found the statistics shocking.. One in every six U.S. women..and one out of every 33 U.S. men have been victims of some kind of sexual violence in their lifetime...


And I spent years believing I was alone...

I'm almost disheartened to learn how much company I actually DO have.



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Old 04-22-2004, 03:08 PM
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You are not alone Val, I too was sexually abused as a child and teenager. Though healing has taken place in my life, the memory stays with me forever.
This month, in our community, Sexual Assault Awareness month was celebrated with "V Day", meaning, stop the Violence. It was very well attended with speakers, a play, an artists mural in which survivors could participate in making, music and booths set up by the local Women's Center to make people aware of the statistics. I have a VDay button I keep on my backpack purse at all times and is a good conversation starter when people are not to embarrased to ask.......but then, rape and abuse is a very uncomfortable topic to talk about if it never happened to you, or in some cases, even if it has. But once you break the silence...........

Thanks for starting this thread,
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Huggs to you too Donna

I have heard of V Day activities.. but have never attended any... I am just beginning to really deal with the PTSD that is the result of my sexual assault history.. I never considered myself a victim ... I was date-raped before there was a name for it.. I was assaulted by a stranger at knife point, but the attack was interupted before the actual rape act occurred.

Other episodes of sexual assault by strangers happened, but since they never went as far as an actual rape, I never felt "entitled" to go for victim's assistance, so I never worked through my own pain and fear...

I never understood that all types of sexual assaults are crimes against a woman.. or in my case, actually just a teenager...

I hope I can empower my daughters with a better sense of "self" than I was given. And I hope they will never self-blame or feel shame for anything that might be put upon them at the hands of a sociopath.

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Old 04-23-2004, 12:10 PM
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Hi Val,
Big hugs to you, too; from the West Coast to the East Coast!!!


Please check out your local Rape and Crisis Center or Family Violence Center, whichever is available in your community if you have not already. In most cases their counseling services are free or minimally charged. They can give you the help you need.
Breaking the silence and asking for help is a huge, Huge step but it makes all the difference. One thing that was very helpful to me was art therapy with a Sexual Assault therapist (this, too, was free.) That is another thing you might see if is available where you live. And if you ever want to just talk to me, I am HERE!!!!
The memories never go away but they DO become easier to deal with in time.
Take good care of yourself, Lifestar!!

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