Finding courage to come forward by blogger Sarah

Finding courage to come forward by blogger Sarah

The trauma experienced when one is sexually assaulted can be devastating. It may leave you ashamed, scared, plagued by nightmares, and leave you with unpleasant memories. According to statistics, 94% of women who face sexual assault, normally experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

So how does one overcome such an experience and bring forward the issue?

  1. Communicate or reach out to someone.

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Communication is important. Try and reach out to someone you trust. Most preferably, you could reach out to a trained Psychologist. A Psychologist or a trained mental health professional will help in treating any difficulties you are experiencing as a result of coping up with the high level of stress.

  1. Go and report the incident to the police.

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Today, it’s you and tomorrow it could be another person who faces such a traumatic incident. Reach out to the police and let them arrest and investigate the perpetrator. This way, the police will warn the public against the perpetrator.

  1. Try and go to these places

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When abused go to a women’s shelter, an attorney’s office or a hospital. All these places have the relevant departments that deal with such cases.

  1. Get counseling

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As stated earlier, there are many trained professionals who assist people who have been abused and assaulted. Trained professionals such as counselors will help you work through your pain.

  1. Seek medical treatment

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As a victim of sexual assault, the first important step you should take is to seek medical treatment. Medical examinations will be conducted to determine the extent of injury you might have suffered and as well treat or protect you from any sexually transmitted disease or prevent any unwanted pregnancy.

CONCLUSION

Sexual assault is a serious offense one may suffer. In order to raise awareness and find possible solutions on how to deal with it try and communicate with someone, report the incident to the police, get counseling and finally seek medical attention.

By using these solutions you will be able to reach out to someone and raise awareness on the matter. Trained psychologists and professionals will help you to move from being a victim to a survivor.

Male Privilege is Very Real

Male Privilege is Very Real

by T.L. Burgess

The Existential Crisis

America is experiencing a ‘what is happening’ feeling right now. People are realizing that men of power have been getting away with inexcusable harassment to the ‘lesser sex’ – welcome to male privilege. Since the uproar from our recent presidential election, Americans have been shocked to find that there is a serious cultural issue in this country. The country is run by rich males who are allowed to do whatever they want without any serious consequences.

Celebrities are individuals who are seen as role models. Often their actions in their personal lives are connected with their professional work if it appears they have a typical American life. Things like watching children grow up, buying a new house and getting married or divorced are all hot topics but a person is a person. Celebrities are not inherently ‘good people’ simply because the life you see in the magazines suggest it. Yet, there is always this upheaval when you realize that someone with so much power, and money and influence could do something so horrible for so long.

What Can be Done?

Yes, one issue is that people don’t report. Victim shaming is very much a contributor to this. Another issue is that traumatic experiences such as sexual assault often happens more than once. A perpetrator is likely to become a repeat offender if their victim does not report. What about the issue of privilege? Is there a reason why celebrities and Presidents get a free pass? Of course there is, because with great power comes great privilege and the safety of women under such power are inconsequential. How can we empower women, how can we empower men to use and not abuse their power, and when will consequences be equal across the board, regardless of power and money and privilege?

Visit RAIIN.org to learn more about sexual assault, find resources and ask questions.

https://www.rainn.org/after-sexual-assault

Get involved with the New American Leaders project to find opportunities to facilitate change and support diverse emerging leaders.

https://www.newamericanleaders.org/

Learn more about American Culture and Intercultural Competence and collaborate with me to bring cultural trainings to organizations.

https://burgesstl.wixsite.com/tlburgess

Is Sexism Merely Sexual Assault? by blogger Anya

Is Sexism Merely Sexual Assault? by blogger Anya

Is every inch of this world is not safe for women? This question arises many times, due to the escalating crime rates when the victims are mostly women. These days, it is very easy to find women abuse cases like rape, sexual assault and other inconveniences that women suffer due to sexism. The worst thing is that, such things take place in public place, as well as in some business workplace. Decades ago, sexual assault only happened in third-world countries, though it becomes very common in highly developed countries and metropolis cities.

However, sexism in the workplace is more than just sexual assaults. Women find it hard to reach higher positions, no matter how smart and innovative they are, as compared to male workers. Unity is the key to fight for sexism. Women are urged to go hand-in-hand to fight for their rights. Nowadays, silence is no longer a golden. By being silent, women allow sexism in the workplace to occur for generations which leads to the death of feminism until years to come.