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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • April is sexual assault awareness month

  • April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a nationally recognized time dedicated to raising awareness about and promoting prevention of sexual violence. During this month, Phelps County Family Crisis Services and the  Russell House will be joining with people throughout the state and the nation to focus the public’s attention on this issue.


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  • April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a nationally recognized time dedicated to raising awareness about and promoting prevention of sexual violence. During this month, Phelps County Family Crisis Services and the  Russell House will be joining with people throughout the state and the nation to focus the public’s attention on this issue.
    Defining and understanding the language is important when spreading awareness and prevention of sexual violence.
    Sexual assault is defined as forced, coerced or manipulated sexual contact or activity that is completed or attempted. It includes sexual harassment, child sexual molestation, incest, rape, stranger, acquaintance and intimate/marital partner.  
    Rape is defined as forced (physical) or coerced (psychological) sexual intercourse without consent, whether this violent crime is committed by a stranger, acquaintance or intimate/marital partner. It is important to also note that sexual violence can happen to anyone and it occurs without any regards to age, race, religion, socioeconomic status or sexual orientation.
    The U.S. Department of Justice reports that one in six women has been raped at some time in her life and one in 33 men have been raped at some point in his life. Of these assaults, at least 80 percent are committed by someone the victim knows, including a current or former intimate partner. In a Missouri Highway Patrol statistical analysis report, it states that there were 1,615 forcible rapes reported to law enforcement in 2009.
    Only about 20 percent of survivors report the violent crime of sexual assault to police.
    No one person can eliminate sexual violence on her or his own. It is the responsibility of everyone in our community to prevent sexual violence and that requires all of us committing to work together  to make a significant impact in our community. It’s time for us to come together as family and community members, as role models and leaders to the young, and start speaking about sexual values, respect, consent and what healthy sexuality means- which is more than just the act of sex. It is time; and at Russell House, we are ready and committed to taking a stand this month, and year-round, against sexual violence, are you?”
    Today is the International Day of Protest to take a stand against rape. This day of protest is known as Denim Day and in remembrance of an 18-year-old italian woman who was raped by her driving instructor.
    She reported the violent crime committed against her and won her case. The instructor appealed and the Italian High Courts overturned his conviction, stating, ‘Since the victim was wearing tight jeans the instructor could not have removed them himself, therefor she must have willingly participated.’
    As the Italian High Court’s decision spread, so did the protest against this over-turned conviction and this protest still takes place 20 years later.
    Page 2 of 2 - Today is Denim Day so, pull on those jeans, tight, baggy, cut up and shredded or pull on those jean shorts, skirts, overalls, whatever clothing item you feel confident, handsome, beautiful, and sexy in and show your support that it doesn’t matter what a person is wearing, where he/she is, what he/she is doing, his/her sexuality, there must be mutual consent to engage in sexual activity with another person, and if there is no consent, then there is no sexual activity otherwise it is sexual assault.  It’s that simple.
    For more information on Sexual Assault Awareness Month or Denim Day, contact: Russell House 573-364-0579 or Facebook at: The Russell House PCFCS
    If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, confidential help is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week at Rape/Sexual Assault Crisis Line at 573-426-4687 or 888-570-3703. Or Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN) 1-800-656-HOPE.

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