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Sexual Assault April 15, 2005 7:09 AM

Domestic Violence is terrible - I am a survivor - but also consider Sexual Assault. There is way too much of that going on also. The two areas get mixed up together but in some cases they are totally separate issues. One is violence in the home or in a relationship. The other is sexual assault - this can occur on a date, this can occur on the street, in an alley, in a public place. It is all around us. I work for a coalition which does work to prevent sexual assault, gets laws passed to help survivors, brings awareness of sexual assault to the front so it is not a hidden issue. Have you ever watched Law and Order - SVU? These are true stories - these really happen in real life. We need to join forces and stamp out all kinds of violence both against women and men. More men are now joining organizations to help stamp this out. Walk in peace and safety, Judi  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
SEXUAL ASSULT April 16, 2005 8:44 AM

I WAS IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP FOR 18 MONTHS BEFORE I GOT OUT, AND WHEN I STATED FIGHTING BACK FROM THE PHYSICAL AND VERBAL ABUSE THE LAST 3 MONTHS OF THE RELATIONSHIP HE WAS PUTTING DRUGS IN MY DRINKS AND WHEN I PASSED OUT HE WAS HAVING SEX WITH ME. I WOULD WAKE UP AND HE WOULD BE INSIDE OF ME. I WAS TOO DOPED UP AND FELT PARYLIZED TO MOVE LET ALONE SCREAM. I WENT TO THE DR. HAD BLOOD TESTS RAN AND THEY FOUND ( WITH MY SUSPITIONS) HIGH TRACES OF THE DRUG ELIVIL IN MY SYSTEM. ITS A DRUG FOR HIGHLY SEVERE DEPRESSED PEOPLE WITH A SLEEEPING AGAENT IN IT. WHEN TAKEN IT NEARLY KNOCKS YOU OUT FOR HOURS. I HAD HIM ARRESTED BEFORE I LEFT TO COME HOME TO THE STATES AND HE SPENT 6 MONTHS IN JAIL AND HAD A RESTRAINING ORDER AGAISNT HIM FOR 2 YEARS  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 April 18, 2005 8:03 AM

Your right Judianne,sexual assault is just as important as other kinds of abuse.Its sad how women are still thought about when we say we were raped.We are not always believed or we dressed "too sexy" and we "asked for it"Or that a woman cant be raped by her boyfriend or husband?? I do believe that we have improved on helping women who are sexually assaulted,but we still have along way to go! Law and Order SUV is one of the best shows on TV I think.It is sometimes easy to forget that the episodes are based on real life events,but it should remind us just how sick people can be,and how much we need to help the victims Light&Hope,Rhia  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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