Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). In honor of SAAM, below are a few statistics, the National Sexual Assault Hotline, and a poem entitled, “No Desire.”

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According to the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Program, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Sexual Victimization in Prisons and Jails, in 2011-2012, 80,600 inmates reported being sexually assaulted or raped.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau informed that in 2012, 60,000 children experienced “substantiated or indicated” sexual abuse.

Between 2010-2014, according to Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Crime Victimization Survey, 321,500 Americans age 12 and older reported being sexually assaulted or raped.

The Department of Defense shared in their 2014 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military, that 18, 900 military personnel reported experiencing unwanted sexual contact.

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If you suspect or know of someone who is being sexually assaulted, please report it.

National Sexual Assault Hotline:

1 (800) 656- HOPE (4673)

 

No Desire

I had no desire
No desire to be touched by you
Yet you decided to touch me
boy-2205733__340To touch my body
To mutilate my body
To destroy my body
To harm my body
To hurt my body.
I had no desire to be touched by you
Yet you decided to touch me
I hate what you have done to me
I hate who I have become as a result of your actions
I hate myself
I cry
child-1152327__340I was innocent, and your actions changed who I was
My future had no chance against the things you did to my body,
To my spirit,
To my soul.
My innocence had no chance to survive, no chance.
chain-690088__340And yet, I am still here.
I am here not just surviving, but succeeding.
Succeeding the damnation you placed on my life.
The damnation I cannot change, but can respond to with hope
Hope that I will become a healthy individual.
An individual whose damnation does not decide who I become.
Who I become is my choice, not the choice of the damnation you placed on my life.
silhouette-602840__340I cannot remove this damnation, at times, it affects me, but I refuse to let your touch control my life.
I am and will continue to be a successful, healthy, and prosperous woman who values herself despite what you did to me.
Despite the damnation you placed on my life, I have hope, and I will be healthy.

By Anonymous

Inspirational Hope thanks you for taking time to read our blog this month.

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