Joslynn Ginier, Writer

Sexual assault is a heinous crime that has been plaguing our society for far too long. It is a violation of a person’s body and their dignity, and it leaves lasting scars that can never fully heal. It is a crime that affects people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds, and it is time that we take a stand against it. The #MeToo movement has brought the issue of sexual assault to the forefront of public consciousness, and it has sparked a much-needed conversation about the prevalence of this crime. It has also highlighted the fact that many victims of sexual assault do not come forward because they fear being blamed, shamed, or not believed.


According to the World Health Organization, one in three women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. This means that approximately 35% of women have experienced sexual assault at some point in their lives. In the United States, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center reports that one in five women and one in 71 men have been raped at some point in their lives.


It is time for us to change the narrative around sexual assault. We need to create a culture where victims are believed, supported, and empowered to speak out. We need to hold perpetrators accountable for their actions and ensure that they face the full consequences of the law.


A study conducted by the Association of American Universities found that more than one in four undergraduate women had experienced some form of unwanted sexual contact while attending college. Furthermore, according to a report by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, only 20% of female student victims report their assault to law enforcement.


Education is key in preventing sexual assault. We need to teach our children about consent, healthy relationships, and respect for others. We need to challenge harmful attitudes and behaviors that contribute to a culture of sexual violence.


We also need to provide better support for victims of sexual assault. This includes access to counseling, medical care, and legal assistance. We need to ensure that victims are not re-traumatized by the criminal justice system and that they receive the support they need to heal.


Sexual assault is a complex issue, and there is no easy solution. But we cannot continue to ignore it or sweep it under the rug. We need to take a stand against sexual assault and work together to create a safer, more just society for all.