So, my hubby and I are watching the movie Contagion! Scary stuff…illness, mass infection, global epidemic, people dying, and DEATH. So can you imagine….Sexual Violence is like death. Survivors essentially lose a part of themselves when they experience sexual violation and trauma. Sexual violence is an epidemic. I mean if the stats show that 1 in 4 experience sexual violence….Rainn’s website states that:Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted and that there is an average of 207,754 victims (age 12 or older) of sexual assault each year. Those statistics are staggering.
So what if sexual violence work and trauma work began to spread like a contagion?? I think we should consider the value of doing true trauma work, not just saying we have trauma services and not identifying what that means. I find it frustrating that so many organizations want to compete with one another rather than work together to find a cure. I mean sadly, the number of people who have experienced sexual trauma just continues to grow. Many children who never received services following sexual assault(s) as children, grow up experiencing pain and potentially choosing risky behaviors that lead to more emotionally, mentally and physically destructive behaviors. Now don’t get me wrong not every child experiences this BUT it tends to more common than not.
So what I am saying is that sexual violence prevention and intervention workers need to be working together to spread the cure to the population of those affected by sexual violence trauma, rather than working to discredit one another and step on toes. I think that this type of behavior works directly against the benefit that services provide to the men, women and children who are impacted by sexual trauma.
So, let’s work to see an end to this and spread healing and not community discontent.