The Huntsman

In Education, Outreach, Sexual Assault Awareness on April 18, 2010 at 9:00 am

So the family is falling apart… A wife trying to protect her husband sent her daughter away, a son so angry that he can’t stand to be around his father leaves, another son counting the days until he can leave the silent household and the youngest son so confused he has no idea what has happened to the family that would spend hours talking in the kitchen.  Silence, what do you say to someone that has suffered sexual assault? Silence, how do you discuss this with your husband or wife and separate your own pain, silence, how do you explain to your daughter that it isn’t her fault and that no matter what you will be here for her no matter what is needed from you, silence, how do explain to siblings what has happened and get them the support they need?  Well we can see that SILENCE is deadly and it does not work. You have to open all lines of communication, you have to teach people how to cope, ignoring the problem or sending it away, will never help.  If you can’t do it on your own, you’re not alone.  So many people feel as though they fail their families because they don’t know what do or say.  There are plenty of services to help people navigate their way through this very difficult process.  RCASA is one.  The only failure you need worry about is not doing anything at all, you cannot ignore sexual assault.  Please if nothing else help someone that needs help.  The consequences could be deadly in more ways than murder.  Please let me know your thoughts!  Thanks again fo reading with me, we will read the section “the Pilgrim”  next, see you next Sunday!


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