June 13, 2011

Stand up. Speak out. Fandom 4 Sexual Assault Awareness

Every 2 minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted

1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime

  • 17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape
  • 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime
  • 2.78 million men in the U.S. have been victims of sexual assault or rape
  • College age women are 4 times more likely to be sexually assaulted
  • 15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12
  • 7% of girls in grades 5-8 and 12% of girls in grades 9-12 said they had been sexually abused

Victims of sexual assault are:

  • 3 times more likely to suffer from depression.
  • 6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol.
  • 26 times more likely to abuse drugs.
  • 4 times more likely to contemplate suicide.
  • Get more information on the effects of sexual assault here.

Approximately 73% of rape victims know their assailants

  • 73% of sexual assaults were perpetrated by a non-stranger.
  • 38% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance.
  • 28% are an intimate.
  • 7% are a relative.
  • Only 6% of rapists will ever spend a day in jail

(Information from RAINN)

Great ways for you to get involved- http://fandom4saa.wordpress.com/how-you-can-fight/

If you donate to one of these charities, you can send your reciept to the ladies at http://fandom4saa.wordpress.com/where-to-donate/ And they'll send you an awesome compilation of Fandom stories. I've donated the EPOV from Chapter 29 of Inamorata and lots of other authors have donated:
22blue 107yearoldvirgin Awesomesauce76 aydenmorgen aylah50 brattyvamp coldplaywhore Edwardsbloodtype greeneyedgirl17 hopey Jacndaniel Jarkin33 & phoebes.promise (collab) Javamomma Kassiah Kitsushel lady tazz luluM lyricalkris MinaRivera fiberkitty Mskathy pkmarita Rose Masen Cullen SadtomatoFF SammieLynnsMom Sarita SexyLexiCullen sleepyvalentina spanglemaker9 Stellalunasky SunshineGal3 Tarasueme & MsKathy tellingmelies TexasKatherine TKegl winterstale
Just to name some of my personal faves.

As a survivor of sexual assault as a child, someone who lived through it and rose above the embarrassment and ridicule and moved on to bigger and better things, I encourage you to take this cause to heart. I was hurt by a family friend and at first no one believed me. Even now, some people don't... but it isn't about WHO believes you or WHY it happened. It happens. Stand up. For yourself, for others, for those who cannot stand up.

The sheer number of people on this planet who are molested and assaulted is striking and shameful.

Please donate and please make sure YOU are aware.



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