A year later, the sexual assault centre of Edmonton (SACE) began.Its mission statement says it all, the centre exists to empower individuals affected by sexual abuse and assault, and to empower communities to take action against sexual violence.
You would think that Edmonton businesses would be interested in supporting survivors of sexual violence, even if only to make them look good as a business.
Sadly, as one of those Edmontonians I can attest that support is one of the largest challenges survivors and their supporters face.
Moreover, if survivors do not talk about it if they do not come forward for help, we have no way of holding offenders accountable and this puts the safety and integrity of our communities at risk. Learn about the nature and extent of the issue of sexual violence.
Challenge offensive behavior such as sexist language, bragging about sexual conquests or negative comments about an individual's gender. Talk about and discuss the issue of sexual violence. Edmonton still displays a need for knowledge about sexual violence and I believe that a step toward finding an end to sexual violence starts with ending the silence.
60% of survivors are victimized again (Statistics Canada, 1993).
I could give you more statistics and even definitions but these do not recognize the personal devastation and the many ways in which sexual violence occurs.
This mentality is still prevalent in our society and in the fabric of Edmonton life, but sexual violence, sexual assault is not really about sex.
It is about violence and control, assault with a sexual componentbad sex.
As one of those statistics, I can tell you that the sexual aspect of my assault is not what hurt me, the cruel violence on my body and my psyche is what devastated me.