Sexual abuse happens more than people think.
“1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys are sexually abused by the time they reach age 18.”
It’s out there and people know it is, but it isn’t a big deal until someone is accused of it and it goes viral. The people who are raped and abused are scared and unknowing of what to do. There should be a way to help these people get through their trauma and overcome it so they can live their life again. Many victims are teens who go to parties with alcohol and other substances. Also, most victims of rape are raped by someone they know. Being abused by someone can cause major effects to that person; they can undergo serious health problems like death thoughts and physical abuse.
According to Teen Sexual Assault: Information For Parents, “About 9% of high school students are physically hurt—on purpose—by a boyfriend or girlfriend.”
According to 11 Facts about Sexual Assault, “4 out of 5 rape victims subsequently suffer from chronic physical or psychological conditions.”
And “Rape survivors are 13 times more likely to attempt suicide than are people who have not been victims of a crime.”
My personal connection to this topic is that I was inspired to create choreography about sexual abuse because it’s an important topic that shouldn’t be ignored. People express their feelings in different ways like poetry and songs, but I personally express myself through dance. I feel that these victims of rape have no words because they are afraid to speak out. This is my way of speaking out about sexual abuse. Just by one person standing up for what they believe in can make a huge difference in someone’s life.
In my video, I am portraying an abuse victim who is trying to speak out against her abuser. Through a series of choreography, I display pain and suffering from the role of a teen. I wear black to symbolize death, sadness, and hurt. I also have painted on bruises to show the abuse that can not be hidden.
Personally, I feel as if this topic needs to be discussed and expunged. Being in high school, there are always things you don’t know about people and certain strangers that are a little bit sketchy or creepy. One of my biggest fears is that if my friends and I go hangout or go to a party that something bad will happen. Hopefully if we speak out about it now, it won’t happen in the future. The awareness for sexual abuse is crucial and should be noted and not ignored.
There are ways to try and prevent sexual abuse. For instance, you should always go to events with a group of people you trust. You should make sure that you stick together and watch out for each other. Over 3/4 of parties have alcohol and drugs that are used. You should always be aware of what is in your food and drinks and what’s in your friends’ drinks.
“If you notice a friend acting differently (e.g., behaving aggressive sexually, oblivious to pain, etc.), get your friend out of the situation.” And make sure to know where your friends are.
“If you feel uncomfortable, do what you can to leave the situation.”
Don’t be afraid to say no. You shouldn’t do something that you don’t want to do like get a ride from somebody or try something new that you don’t think is safe. Always have an emergency contact on hand in case you are in need of help or someone you know is in need.
This is the time to speak out and stop all the violence.