Friday, May 20, 2011

Preventing This Stuff..............Or At Least Defeating Some Repercussions

I do my best (and most) thinking when I'm alone with my thoughts, which typically only happens in the shower and on the lawn mower.

I was doing some thinking tonight while I was mowing.

I started sharing my story when I was in college after hearing a campus safety talk, of all things.  Very, VERY loose connection to sexual abuse.  Sexual assault --> sexual abuse I guess.

Anyway, I remember thinking so many times in high school when things in my family were so chaotic... "I wish someone would ask me.  I wish someone would SEE me.  See what is happening."  There was one occassion when my biology teacher pulled me out of her classroom to talk to me.  I was sure it was going to be then.  I was sure she was going to ask.  And I know I would have told her because I was crying out on the inside and I completely respected this woman.  Turns out it had to do with my grade.  I was happy with the grade I was receiving but so disappointed.  I was hoping she had seen.

I was thinking tonight....  What if some kind of presentation had been given earlier in my life?  What would I have done?  Would anyone have noticed I was acting strange all day after that?  Would any teachers have noticed the look on my face?  Would I have said anything?

I think I may have.  At least to someone.

Is anyone talking in our middle and high schools about the statistic that at least 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused?  And that doesn't even include domestic violence. 

I just looked up bullying statistics and 1 in every 4 students is bullied every month.  Same numbers.  And if you have child in school you know there is an incredible amount of programming focused on bullying - prevention and dealing with bullying.

Bullying is very serious.  And so is sexual and physical abuse in the home. 

And the longer its hidden the worse it will be in the long run for the victim.  In my opinion our schools can help deal with this problem.

What do you think?

1 comment:

  1. I think it's still taboo to talk about sexual abuse. It makes people uncomfortable. They know that it happens, but they don't really want to deal with the sensitive and uncomfortable nature of it all. I think it gets swept under the rug because it is so common. I'm not sure what the answer is, but the numbers are far too high to do nothing. I agree with you on that for sure.


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