Does Sexual Assault only happen to the other Person?
It is very unfortunate that many women (girls) and men (boys) feel that sexual assault only happens to “the other person.” It is only when someone experiences it first hand that the grim truth is known: that anyone can be a victim of sexual assault.
Sexual assault is a violent crime in which the assailant uses sexual contact to inflict humiliation or to exert power and control over the victim. In Texas, over 250 women and 600 boys and girls are sexually assaulted every day. In addition, 10,280 men are sexually assaulted each year in Texas.
Think about it--the statistics are staggering. 1 in 3 women will be sexually assaulted. That's 1.3 per minute, 28 per hour, 1,871 per day and 683,000 per year. Will you be the next statistic?
As much as we would like to forget it, sexual assault is a fact of life. It is on a steady increase and can not be ignored.
Only you can prevent the possibility of your own sexual assault. How many times have you caught yourself saying you would learn to defend yourself, but making excuses (“I don't have the time or the money”)?
Complacency has been the downfall of many victims in the past. Jack the Ripper, The Hillside Strangler, and many other female abusers and rapists can attest to that fact. How many of those victims complained about no time or money?
No one is excluded from sexual assault, not the old, young, rich, poor, black/white, or the middle class. Just read or listen to the news.
Does sexual assault only happen to the other person? As much as we would like to think so, it doesn't. At any moment you could become “the other person.” Trying to lessen the threat by ignoring it is like trying to ignore a loaded gun that's pointing at your head. Sure you're ok--until someone pulls the trigger.
It is the responsibility of every man, woman, and child to stay alert to the threat of sexual assault. It is the responsibility of every husband, boyfriend, and parent to support the one you love before they become a victim. Remembe,r you may not be around to protect them all the time, especially if you can't even protect yourself. No one is excluded from sexual assault, not even males.
It is unfortunate but someone reading this page will be a sexual assault victim, because after a few days, or weeks you will have forgotten what you have read today, just like some have forgotten Sept. 11, 2001. I can only inform you of the treat. It is now up to you to prevent it.
If you would like to know more about preventing sexual assult then contact us to schedule a seminar or workshop for you and your organization.
Women's Street Survival Workshop
Day 1 Lecture - Taking notes, some of the topics covered were What is Rape: Types of Sexual Assault, and Types of offenders.
Day 2 - Hands On Self Protection Tactics.
Comments from attendees...
Yoli "I will definitely recommend this seminar to ALL my friends!. Mack use a very entertaining and funny way to present very serious material. Lecture time just flew by - very interested in taking more of the seminars he offers. I WILL BE JOINING UMAATC! THANK YOU!"
Karina" The workbook has great information. Thank you for including the checklists. Overall evaluation - Very Helpful"
Judy "Seminar was excellent! (It) made me aware of a lot of things I wasn't aware of, and above all, that women are not the weaker sex! Thanks (smiley face)".