Talk to your kids, take a stand

Sexual assault is a devastating crime that is committed with shocking frequency in our society. According to the RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) website, one in six women in America will be a victim of sexual assault and one in 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. Of these sexual assault and rape victims, 15% are under the age of 12.

Victims of sexual assault are three times more likely to suffer from depression, six times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol, 26 times more likely to abuse drugs, and four times more likely to contemplate suicide.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a nationally recognized time to focus our efforts on sexual assault education, prevention and awareness. Parent-Child Center joins advocates and survivors across the nation in observation of this time. During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and throughout the year, we invite everyone to take a stand with us against sexual violence.

There are simple ways each of us can take a stand against sexual violence on a daily basis. We set a powerful example every time we talk to our kids about the importance of respect and equality in relationships, every time we speak up if someone makes a degrading comment, every time we demonstrate support for survivors of sexual violence.

By educating ourselves and talking with others, we can challenge our communities to reject sexual violence.

If you would like to help take a stand against sexual violence please stop by the Parent-Child Center at 1001 N. Washington in Lexington to pick up a teal ribbon to be worn during the month of April.

For more information or to get involved, contact Parent-Child Center at 308-324-2336. Together we can end sexual violence.

Melanie Gomez, executive director, Parent-Child Center