Sexual Assault

FONTCOLORc20041MynameisSamanthaandIhavebeenavictimofsexualassault.fontbrbrbIlovedmyjobsowhenthelewdremarksandsuggestivecommentsfrommybosswhowasalmost25yearsmyseniorbeganItriedtoturnadeafearandjustkeepworking.ThissituationwasmanageablesometimesbutastimewentonthecommentsbecamemoreoffensiveandoftenifIwasinthesameroomwithhimhewouldcornermeandtellmeoftheeroticdreamshehadbeenhavingaboutme.Iwouldsomehowgetawayfromhimandthoughshakentrytogobacktowork.Icomplainedtomymanagerandshetriedtohelpme.FromthispointonwardthoughhewouldthreatenmeormakederogatoryremarksaboutmesayingIwasacocktease.BeingatworkwasbecominganightmareratherthanaplaceIhadoncelovedtoworkat.brbrFearingIwouldlosethejobIlovedsomuchwhereIhadmadesomewonderfulfriendsanddeterminednottolethimmakemeleaveIstuckitoutunderworseningconditions.ButthenitwenttoofaronedayatworkIwascorneredbyhim.HewasaverybigmanandtherewasnothingIcoulddonowhereIcouldmoveto.Hebrushedhisgroinupagainstmeandgrabbedontomybreast...brbrbFONTCOLORff0000Itisestimatedthat1in3youngwomenand1in5youngmenwillbeassaultedinsomewaybeforetheyare18yearsofage.quotfontbbrbrFONTSIZE2FollowinglastmonthsarticleonfontFONTSIZE2DateRapefontFONTSIZE2thismonthGIRLtakesalookatthecontinuingandrisingproblemofsexualassaultonfemales.Theseassaultstypicallyoccurinaschoolorworkenvironmentinthepublicarenaoronthepersonalfront.Wepresentyouwiththefactssomealarmingfiguresandexposethemythssurroundingsexualassault.fontbrbrbFONTCOLORff0000SEXUALASSAULTfontbFONTSIZE2isanactofviolencewhichtakesfemalescontrolovertheirbodiesrightsandfeelingsawayfromthem.fontbFONTSIZE2COLORff0000Sexualassaultisacriminaloffence.fontbbrbrFONTSIZE2Anybehaviourofasexualnaturethatmakesyoufeeluncomfortablefrightenedandintimidatedandthatyouhavenotagreedtoconstitutessexualassaultorharassment.Thisincludessomeonetouchingfondlingorkissingyouwhenyoudontwanttoandcanalsoincludebehaviourwhichdoesntinvolvetouchingsuchasforcingsomeonetolookatpornographicfilmsmagazinesorphotosorbeingforcedtoposewhilesomeonetakespicturesofyouorfilmsyou.Someformsofsexualharassmentunlawfulunwelcomebehaviourofasexualnaturemayalsoconstitutesexualassault.fontbrbrFONTSIZE2Sometimespeoplemayfeelthatbecausetheactwasntasextremeasrapethatitdoesntconstitutesexualassault.AviolationofonesbodynomatterhowsmallitmaybeconsideredfontFONTSIZE2isstillacrimefontFONTSIZE2.fontbrbrbUFONTSIZE5STATSfontUbFONTSIZE5fontbrbrFONTSIZE21.Bythetimetheyare1838percentofgirlsand9percentofboyshavebeensexuallyassaulted.fontbrbrFONTSIZE22.Approximately97percentofadultsexualassaultvictimsarewomen.fontbrbrFONTSIZE23.AsurveyconductedbythefontFONTSIZE2AustralianBureauofStatisticsfontFONTSIZE2showedthatthreequartersofsexualassaultsonwomenarenotreportedtopolice.fontbrbrbUFONTSIZE5SOMECOMMONMYTHSfontUbFONTSIZE5fontbrbrFONTSIZE21.Sexualassaultwonthappentomethisisaverynaveapproachasanyonecanbesexuallyassaultedthereisnoonetypeofperson.fontbrbrFONTSIZE22.Onlycertaintypesofgirlsexperiencesexualassaultlikeyoungsexuallyattractivegirls.fontbrbrFONTSIZE23.Childrenlieaboutsexualassaultchildrendontusuallylieaboutsexualassault.Youngerchildrendonotunderstandwhatitisandolderteensareoftentooembarrassedorfrightenedtodiscloseactualassaultsletalonemakethemup.Inrealitychildrentendtominimizethesituationratherthanmakeituporexaggerate.fontbrbrFONTSIZE2Apersonwhohasexperiencedsomeformofsexualassaultwillnotablybedistressedassexualassaultisahumiliatingandoftenviolentexperience.Howevereverypersonwhoexperiencessexualassaultreactsinadifferentway.fontFONTSIZE2Thereisnorightorwrongwaytofeelandnosettimeforwhenyoushouldbefeelingbetter.fontbrbrFONTSIZE2ThesearesomesymptomswhichvictimsmightexperienceaftertheirordealsfontbrbrFONTSIZE2FACESymbolfontFONTSIZE2Problemswithsleepingregularnightmares.fontbrFONTSIZE2FACESymbolfontFONTSIZE2Afeelingofhavingnocontroloverthingsthathappentoyou.fontbrFONTSIZE2FACESymbolfontFONTSIZE2Difficultyinconcentratingonstudyorwork.fontbrFONTSIZE2FACESymbolfontFONTSIZE2Feelingguiltyorshameful.fontbrFONTSIZE2FACESymbolfontFONTSIZE2Problemstrustingothersandbeingafraidoruncomfortableaboutsexualrelationships.fontbrbrbFONTCOLORff0000VICTIMSNEEDYOURSUPPORTfontbbrbrFONTSIZE2IfyouknowofsomeonewhohasbeenavictimofsexualassaultthemostimportanthelpyoucanprovideisfontbFONTSIZE2yoursupport.fontbbrbrFONTSIZE2Thefirststeptodealingwithanyformofsexualabuseistotellpeople.Bytellingcarefullychosenandtrustedpeopleyouhavetheopportunitytogainsupport.Tellingtherightpersonmayhelpyoufeellessisolatedandbreakthesilencethatmayhavesurroundedyourexperiences.fontbrbrbFONTSIZE2COLORff0000REMEMBERThereisNOexcuseforanytypeofsexualassaultanditismostimportanttoknowthatNOONEhastherighttosexuallyassaultyou.fontbbrbrFONTSIZE2Namehasbeenchangedtoprotectheridentity.fontbrbrbFONTSIZE2gtgtIfyouwouldlikefurtherinfoorsupportforSexualAssaultpleasevisitfontbbUFONTSIZE2ahrefhttpwww.northern.casa.org.auhttpwww.northern.casa.org.auafontUbbFONTSIZE2orfontbbFONTSIZE2ahrefhttpwww.vicnet.net.auhttpwww.vicnet.net.auafontbbFONTSIZE2ltltfontbbrbrfontsize2faceVerdanaArialHelveticasansserifAnnemarieFaill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