This is not a happy topic, but it is a critically important topic. Usually, when a person hears the term “assault” or “molestation,”
rape initially comes to mind first. Both sexual assault and molestation have a much broader scope than rape. To understand that, one needs to view the entire arena of sexual assault on a continuum. That continuum spans from non-touching offenses such as obscene phone calls and dirty jokes to the violent offense of rape. The common denominator of all offenses is coercion; that being a person is forced to participate in acts against one’s will. Other offenses on the sexual assault continuum are indecent exposure, sexual harassment, child molestation, incest, sexual exploitation, and pornography.
I share this today because where I live has lots of long country roads full of trees on both sides. That is where the “assaulters” take their victims (male or female). They are then drugged, used, and left to lay on different dirt roads until someone finds them. Some are so damaged they die on the road. All this is true. I’m a Certified Sexual Assault Advocate and I trained for over a year on this expansive and complicated topic.
Some of you readers might be wondering why I chose to post this. I did it for two reasons. One good, one bad. The good one is to make sure any and all abuse is reported to the police if you know or suspect any type of sexual abuse occurred to you or anyone else. The bad one is this. Women tend to let their guard down much easier than men do. It’s a good idea to have a “screamer” in your pocket and use it if you have to – don’t ever think it can never happen to you because it can and it does. Yes, there are many cases of men being raped – it can, and it does happen to men. Guys also need to be alert if they go out alone.
I lived through eleven years of assault and molestation – I pray no one ever touches or harms any of you; male or female. If you need to talk or share, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be aware – Be safe