Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is sexual assault awareness month, even though no one I have ever met or even me have even known this until this year. As a generation I personally feel like the world is changing for the better, because of things like BLACKLIVESMATTER, PROTECTASIANLIVES, and normalizing lgbtq+ members. Over the past year I have now become more aware of my world and the fact that African Americans aren’t the only ones dealing with discrimination, and women’s rights are not equal at all. I never really understood why I shouldn’t be out at night by myself, or why my mom would have pepper spray on her key chain . 97% OF WOMEN HAVE BEEN ASSAULTED, RAPED, HARRASSED, that have reported it.

I never noticed that in school as early as 4th grade a girl would get called to the office for showing” too much skin” in the hot weather while boys wore the same thing. Doing that shows boys that they can do whatever, and wear whatever they want. Or when I was told ” I was distracting the boys” by a male teacher when all I was showing was my shoulders, on 90 degree day. When did over sexualizing an 11 year become normalized? Or when I was in middle school I remember guys running up and slapping my thighs, etc., and while it made me uncomfortable it was just a regular Thursday or Friday for them. They make misogynistic rape jokes, and laugh when it’s a real problem in the world.

This month is for women and men to come out with their assault or rapes, and for others to believe them. It has given a lot of survivors the courage to do so, even though most rapists don’t do jail time because of “lack of evidence” while meanwhile the victims were put through the pain of a rape kit. While boys say “boys get raped too” or “not all men” it is so annoying honestly because female victims are aware of the male victims and most male victims are raped by men too.

I feel like consent should be taught in schools to help lower cases and help make the world safer, because in this generation sexual assault is very common because it’s not taught in the school system. Or for most sexual assault/rape victims it happened to them when they were young or didn’t understand what happened or what was happening to them. So this month try to wear teal and post about it and support the cause in helping victims come forward and report their assaults.