A week ago I was asked to facilitate a class on sexual assault for work. I am glad that I had an opportunity to talk about sexual assault to others and it is a part of my healing process. During the introduction we were asked to talk about how sexual assault has an effect on our lives. I shared with the group that sexual assault is a subject that is something that is near to my heart. I told the group that I was a survivor of sexual assault and know first hand the pain that sexual assault can lead to. I went on to explain that I tend to be open about my past and because of that many other survivors of sexual assault will tell me what has happened to them. I feel that the numbers that are posted about sexual assault are inaccurate because many people do not report what has happened to them. I feel that I can help with the healing of those that have been sexual assaulted because I am willing to air out all of my business. I’ve never been a private person, and I feel that me being transparent does help with my ability to reach those that would normally stay silent on the things that have happened. Silence is sometimes important, but at times these secrets can eat away at us and healing can never take place. My prayer is that God will use me as I share my testimony with transparency of the healing the pain from my sexual assault attacks.
Last week I finally finished the manuscript to the book that I’ve been working on for over 10 years.I released a sigh of relief and then held my breath because I realized the closer I am to being done, the closer I am to revealing some of my darkest times and secrets in my life to not only my loved ones, but to the world. I will definitely have to say I have to prepare myself for the times coming up regarding the book about sexual assault. The only thing that makes me even consider pressing forward is my prayer that my story will bless someone else that is hurting.
The attention that people put on the month of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month is good, but we all need to keep in mind that this is an ongoing battle for those who have experienced sexual assault. I watched a marathon on Law and Order SVU that completely dedicated a Sunday night with episodes that specifically had cases that had sexual assault. With Sexual Assault Awareness Month coming to an end I think about the journey that victims/survivors have to go through never ends. It is good for there to be a month that people are educated on sexual assaults and its affect on society. My prayer is that all victims are able to reach the status of becoming a survivor and can receive their healing and restoration. The way that I was able to reach this status was to trust in God and focus on Him.
So it’s finally April and it is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This is a time that attention is drawn to sexual assault and people are educated and people also have a way to possibly get help if they are a victim of sexual assault. Sexual Assault is a silent epidemic. It has touched so many people’s lives and so many people keep it a secret. I hope that one day all sexual assault victims will have a voice.