Have you or someone you know ever been sexually assaulted?
- Yes (42% people answered this)
- Yes, more than one (32% people answered this)
- No, not that I know of (24% people answered this)
523 people voted.
Sexual violence isn't just about rape or physical harassment. It begins when we hurt people through the words we use and attitudes we carry. Stereotypes of what it means to be a man or woman—for instance, boys are supposed to be strong and assertive and girls are supposed to be beautiful and accommodating—can limit our worth and potential, and create an unequal balance of power that perpetuates sexual violence.
TAASA was founded on a simple principle: to assist sexual assault survivors and to create a Texas free from sexual violence. TAASA advocates for individual sexual assault survivors as well as sexual assault programs collectively. That advocacy takes many forms, from supporting legislation favorable to victims and strengthening laws against sexual predators, to advocating for increased funding for sexual assault programs at both the federal and state levels. Since 1982, TAASA has provided statewide and regional trainings/conferences to over 100,000 Texans and provided over 6 million materials through rape crisis centers and community partners free of charge.
TAASA encourages the involvement of anyone who has an interest in creating a society free from sexual violence. Get Involved: http://taasa.org
Texas is speaking out and you may be surprised at the results. It's estimated that 54% of sexual assault cases goes unreported. In Texas, 1 in 5 women (and 1 in 20 men) are sexually assaulted at some point in their lives. In the US, it's every two minutes that a sexual assault occurs. While sexual violence takes many forms, it's important to remember that a common thread is the abuse of power of the perpetrator over the victim.
We need to change the culture so that fewer acts of sexual violence are committed and victims feel that they can open up and speak out against what has happened to them. This starts with breaking down the boxes of gender inequality that marginalize women while encouraging dominance and aggression in men. These polar opposites in gender expectations lead to our imbalance as a society, and one that tolerates and even subtly propagates sexual violence against our friends, co-workers, neighbors, parents, children and nearly 13% of all Texans.
Help us Break The Box by encouraging your friends to take the pledge against sexual violence.