RCASA’s Sunday Book Club

In Outreach, Sexual Assault Awareness on April 11, 2010 at 9:00 am

Good Morning fellow book club members! This week we read the first section of this incredible story. The Mulvaney’s had a seemingly wonderful life; they were a “family”. They all had their routines of chores and amusing ways to argue with one another by talking through the various animals that inhabit High Point Farm. It is amazing how it just takes one moment in time to change an entire family. Was it her fault for drinking, trusting the boy she went to prom with? That is usually the question that comes up in sexual assault, but the answer to that question is very simple, no. It is NEVER the victim’s fault no matter if alcohol, drugs or “provocative clothing” is worn. So how do we change this? How do we as a community come together and change the way sexual assault is perceived by people. Can the Mulvaneys’ come together to heal as a family, because if a family can, can’t we as a community change? Can you separate your own loss and just be there to advocate for the victim? Can you allow an open dialog where the victim can feel safe enough to heal? I would appreciate your feedback, it really is up to all of us to create an environment where any sexual assault victim doesn’t feel that speaking their truth will offend or make us feel uncomfortable. Next we will read “The Huntsman” section of the book, thanks for participating! Megan


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