Community "Takes Back The Night" From Sexual Abuse

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

One in every three women will be a victim of sexual assault and one in every six men will also become victims. Numbers like these led close to 500 Bowling Green citizens to gather at the Warren County Justice Center to fight against violent acts.

On March 29, 2007, they've came to the event, Take Back The Night, and they've came to alert people of the reality of sexual assault.

"By marching were helping victims and survivors break the silence because this is the least reported crime nationwide," said Leyda Becker, event organizer and Hope Harbor worker.

Only 16 percent of sexual assault victims ever report the crime. Elizabeth Mohon of Western Kentucky University's Counseling and Testing Center said that you may associate with a survivor every day and not even know it, making it a silent epidemic.

"So statistically you know the person. You know someone who has been a victim, whether you know it or not. It maybe a roommate. Could be a mother, brother, uncle or just a friend of the family," Mohon said.

Becker said events like this shine a light on the fact that victims of violence are not to blame.

"One of the messages that we want to send to victims is that its not their fault. Whatever happened, however they were victimized no matter the circumstance, its not their fault," she mentioned.

So the community is willing to break the silence together.

"The community coming out and taking a stand against sexual violence is letting predators know that we're not taking it. We don't have to take it. This is not something we want in our community," Mohon said.

Poets performed during Thursday night's celebration, and victims of abuse told their stories of survival and a vigil was held for all victims of sexual abuse.

If you want to increase your awareness of sexual violence visit these following websites:

  • Local Rape Crisis Intervention & Prevention
  • Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc.
  • Kentucky Sex Offender Registry>
  • National Sex Offender Registry
  • Kentucky Offender Online Lookup
  • Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
  • Kentucky Legislature

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