I’ve participated in Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) since I first began to come to terms with my own sexually abusive past. Each year I dedicated the entire month to different articles written on a personal blog while I began to work on my memoir. This year I’ve taken a slightly different path. Instead of limiting my audience to a personal blog, I’ve chosen to share my thoughts regarding sexual assault, and the rape culture that perpetuates it by publishing a collections of essays: Turquoise Boot Straps: A Survivor’s Thoughts. In honor of SAAM 2019 April 2nd – 6th you can download a FREE Kindle copy.
I also like to share a sort of “theme song” for the month each year. This year I’ve really felt motivated by Arise by The Seige. I know it wasn’t written for survivors of sexual assault, but it speaks to me anyway and I’ve decided to dedicate SAAM April 2019 with it as it’s an inspirational song regardless of lyrical context.
According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center
• 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives.
• In the United Stares 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men experienced some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime.
• 51.1% of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8% by an acquaintance.
• 52.4% of male victims report being raped by an acquaintance and 15.1% by a stranger.
• 49.5% of multiracial women and over 45% of American Indian/Alaska Native women were subjected to some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime.
• 91% of victims of rape and sexual assault are female, and 9% are male
• In 8 out of 10 cases of rape, the victim knew the perpetrator.
• 8% of rapes occur while the victim is at work.
The problem of sexual violence runs rampant, and yet rape is the most under-reported crime; 63% of sexual assaults are not reported to police. Of the remaining 37% that are reported less than 10% are instances of false reporting. The facts are clear, and still the culture that would rather victims of sexually based crimes remain silent prevails.
Join Rebecca MacCeile as she throws off the shackles of silence and raises her voice. Turquoise Boot Straps: A Survivor’s Thoughts provides a glimpse into her journey of self discovery while tackling many controversial topics at the height of the MeToo era.