Stolen panache

Blue Ribbon 250x325Last week, on one of the first truly glorious spring days, I wrapped our front yard tree in teal netting adding a sparkly teal bow for a little extra panache in support of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Today however, felt more like a fall day than anything remotely spring. The wind was harsh, knocking and thrashing everything in its path violently to the ground.

My sparkly teal bow was no exception – it too had fallen casualty to the unrelenting force of the wind where I found it on the ground twisted in all of its panache.

The bow was a reminder of how in a split second of unrelenting force sexual assault, violence and rape occur – in the U.S. every 107 seconds. The violence is staggering:

  • 1 in 6 women are sexually assaulted
  • 1 in 33 men are sexually assaulted
  • 68% of sexual assaults go unreported
  • 98% of rapists will never spend a day in jail or prison

As parents and adults it is our job, as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young sing, “to teach our children well.”

Teaching our boys and girls respect for all people.

Teaching our boys and girls that “no means no.”

Teaching our boys and girls by modeling what respect looks like in our own relationships.

It is incumbent upon us to do this teaching in order to end this epidemic of sexual violence and rape.

Everyone deserves to be treated with loving kindness and respect. Every beautiful being who has been victimized deserves to be believed – perhaps the purest form of loving kindness and respect each of us can extend to a sexual assault victim are the words “I believe you.” (Thank you TeamTeal365 for this sage advice.)

For additional resources, visit RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.

Go. Now. Teach.

Be the loving kindness and respect that honors everyone’s indigenous panache.

 

Statistics provided by RAINN

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tealteam
    Apr 21, 2015 @ 04:59:51

    I Believe you.. Each day your support as a “SafePlace” in your heart, in your body, and mind.. #SAAM. #KeepingTHEcontrol.. #I love you, we need each other.:-). #Visible #1 is two many!!!! #everybody convo #SAAM.

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  2. Kendell Deboom
    Apr 21, 2015 @ 06:37:54

    Wow, those numbers ARE staggering Linda, and sad. Sharing with my son and two daughters. Thank you!

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  3. Mary Lou Peters
    Apr 21, 2015 @ 07:17:50

    Thanks for this, Linda–I had no idea of these statistics.

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