In the time it takes you to read this message, 3 women somewhere in the United States will have become the lastest victims of sexual violence. 78 women are forcibly raped each hour in America. This crime is of epidemic proportions and does affect everyone, regardless of race, economic, social, or age barrier. 1 in 3 females and 1 in 6 males will experience some sort of sexual abuse before the age of 24. These people need support to get past this event and help to make peace with this trauma. That’s where our services come in, we have a child advocate, adolesant advocates and adult advocates who are trained especially to help. Sometimes justice doesn’t come in the form of convictions, since 15 out of 16 rapist will never spend time in jail.
We all have a responsibility to end sexual assault. Actions we may take can be as simple as getting educated and informed, and talking about it. The Child Abuse Prevention Council of Columbus will sponsor a free training for parents and grandparents, Called “Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children.” It will be held on April 17th. Please Call Connect Columbus to register at 402-562-6539. We take pride in the work we do to help those who have been victimized by abuse. We were able to help 658 children last year with services provided by the Center for Survivors. Call us 24 hrs a day at 402-564-2155.