Today’s Horoscope: Capricorn
”Things could be worse
Don’t take everything so seriously!”
Up-to-the-Minute News, World/US Census Report:
171,420 rapes reported to authorities each year:
469 raped each day
19 each hour
1 every 3.5 minutes.
Only 16% of all rapes reported to authorities:
12 million in a 20 year period.
12 million = 20% of the U.S population.
29% of all rapes occur under 11 years old.
32% of all rapes occur between 11 & 17 years old.
61% under the age of 17
11 times the amount of people killed in the Vietnam War.
34 times the amount of people killed by AIDS each year.
each has a face,
a favourite book,
a certain way of smiling.
Every 3.5 minutes
But then again;
Things could be worse.
I was invited to speak to a women's studies class (about 250 people to be exact) about my experiences, the effects of my experiences, etc. I feel ready to break my silence and I hope that I can take a very negative experience and turn it into a productive one at least. So I was thinking about discussing the definitions of rape versus incest versus sexual assault, etc. I was also planning on discussing statistics, different emotional and physical responses and prevention.
So I'm inviting all of you to contribute to this lecture and tell me your ideas of what I should discuss. I'm preparing a power point presentation with different sections. Therefore, if any of you have anything you want me to discuss feel free to share it. Everyone here has been so amazing and in no way am I suggesting I'd be telling your story. That is up to you. But I sincerely hope in some small way you feel slightly empowered.
Thanks so much everyone!! *safe hugs*