Give Them a Voice!

29 Aug 2014

Sexual abuse is a difficult subject to broach, address, and discuss. It’s extremely difficult to recover from.  Survivors need resources, respect, and real healing.

Sunday is your chance to make a difference.  Your chance to donate to two facilities that help victims of Sexual Abuse and Assault find justice, healing, and recovery. And they’re not just any foundations – they are right here in our community.  Right next door, down the street, around the corner.  These two facilities are exactly the ones you would visit if you are a survivor.  If your child is a survivor.  If your mom is a survivor.  The Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center and Zacharias Center serve our Lake County survivors, young and old, and they need your help.  Why? Here are some statistics on Sexual Abuse/Assault to answer that question.


National Statistics about Sexual Assault

  • 1 out of every 6 American adult women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape).
  • About 3% of American adult men — or 1 in 33 — have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
  • 15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12.
  • 73% of sexual assaults were perpetrated by a non-stranger. 
  • 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
  • 93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker.
    • 34.2% of attackers were family members.
    • 58.7% were acquaintances.
    • Only 7% of the perpetrators were strangers to the victim.
    • Nearly 50% of all victims of forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling are children under 12. 
  • 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
  • Sexual assault is one of the most under reported crimes, with 60% still being left unreported. 
  • Males are least likely to report a sexual assault, though they make up 10 percent of all victims.
  • While about 80% of all victims are white, minorities are somewhat more likely to be attacked. 

(courtesy of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center)

Participate in the following 3 ways:

Absentee Donation (Donation only ticket)
5K Run/Walk
CrossFit WOD “Grace”

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