Why should I care?
Statistically, every time you gather with three persons, at least one of them will have been the victim of sexual abuse. Whether or not we are aware of it, we all know a survivor of sexual violence.
Everybody could be a victim and everybody could be a perpetrator. Regardless, regardless race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, age, gender identity… People with disabilities, the LGBTQI+ community, prison inmates (of all genders)… the homeless and undocumented immigrants are at higher risk. Due to the stigma and victim blaming, sexual violence is one of the most under reported crimes and even when it is reported only 3% of abusers end in prison (WHCWG, 2014).
Sexual violence IS NOT AN ACCIDENT is:
A SILENT EPIDEMIC and is about POWER and CONTROL.
A devastating crime with extensive, long term consequences.
It doesn’t just devastate individuals. It devastates families and communities, too.
It is a serious public health and a human rights problem (WHO).
It is a form of terrorism and torture. It is a crime against humanity.
It costs all of us dearly. Rape is the second most expensive crime –behind murder - ranging from $87,000 to $240,776 per rape (WHCWG, 2014).
We can end sexual violence. Unlike most traumatic events – disease, natural disasters, accidents – sexual violence is a learned human behaviour which is completely under our control.