We find sexual assault immensely hard to talk about.
Even in my high school, there is a lack of conversation about this topic, regarding both females and males because, yes, males can be sexually assaulted as well.
There may be an outcry in the public world and social media world about MeToo and greater support for women and men who have been sexually assaulted, but, in reality, education about this starts in school. It should never start in the real world. Never.
I am flabbergasted by how little bearing this topic has. It seems to be a gray cloud hanging over our heads, threatening us with its gloom, but we walk about, day to day, studiously staring at the ground. Why, I ask? Why do we avoid talking about such an important topic in schools?
In schools, we are taught nothing about the real world. Instead, we are given the homework and a blindfold on a golden platter. Do your homework. Don’t worry about the real world yet.
The problem is that when you introduce immature and blindfolded children (yes, that’s what I am called myself and others. Because, in reality, we are still CHILDREN) to the real world, bad things happen. The child either causes the bad thing, or the child is the victim of the bad thing.
Every 73 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. One in six women have been sexually assaulted. One in thirty-three men have been victims of sexual assault (RAINN).
Look at me with a straight face, and tell me it is not a big problem.
As a high schooler, I find myself appalled by the lack of action taken by my school and many schools across the world. It is only through knowledge that we can prevent history from happening again.
Just recently, schools have begun offering depression and anxiety presentations. Yet, depression and anxiety have been around for much longer, only brought into the spotlight when the the blindfolders realized that maybe, just maybe, it wasn’t made up.
Sexual assault has been going around for centuries, yet, even now, people have a hard time distinguishing between the lines of sexual assault and sexual consent. Sexual assault consists of attempted rape, rape, unwanted touching (fondling, groping, etc.)… The worst thing is that this can happen to anyone, even children.
And, I think, it is about time that sexual assault is introduced into the curriculum of middle-schoolers and high-schoolers. They are mature enough to think for themselves, and young enough to be taken off the wrong path if they happen to be walking along the dark path.
It is time that we, males and females alike, don’t balk from this subject anymore when dealing with students.
Because I would rather not have my best friend or myself, for that matter, be a victim of sexual assault.
If you or someone you know has recently experienced sexual assault, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at this number: 800.656.HOPE (4673).
And, as a side note, if you are a victim of sexual assault, never blame yourself.
It is never your fault.
Lots of love, and spread awareness,