In both SEXED and Surviving The Weekend I include issues around sexual assault from lowering the risk of sexual assault to dealing with the aftermath. It is an incredibly important topic that needs to be addressed and can often be very difficult to get people to participate and to acknowledge. Through personal experience of surviving an alcohol fueled sexual assault and the use of texting I have been able to help people better understand how to deal with sexual assault and how it effects us personally and as a society. I can include more or less of this topic when I present. I can also do a program that is exclusively on sexual assault.
break the myths
According to the AMA, sexual assault continues to represent the most rapidly growing violent crime in America, claiming a victim every 45 seconds. Many of these attacks occurring daily go unreported and unrecognized. 1 in four women in college have experienced some form of sexual assault. Then even more unspoken 1 in 8 men. It affects all of us.
Only women can be sexually assaulted.
Victims who truly resist cannot be raped.
No really doesn't mean no.
Nice girls don't get raped
She/He asked for it.
Male rape victims subconsciously desired and complied with their assault.
WHAT PEOPLE HAD TO SAY
- I saw you at my school, Brock, a couple days ago, and just wanted to say thank you. I have herpes, and have had a hard time accepting it. When I first sat down, I was afraid your show would make me feel more uncomfortable by making typical jokes about it, but as the show went on, I began to feel better. Thank you so much for being so honest about your personal life. I feel very passionate about changing society's views on STD's from a joke into reality, and you are definitely helping that cause. You are a huge inspiration to me. Thank you!
- “I was one of the nursing students in the audience at Jefferson University in Philadelphia. I loved your speech and I could completely relate to everything you were saying!”
- “I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the show and that it had a huge impact in my view of life, things and people. Thank you very much for speaking up.
- “I am a student at Coastal Carolina U and I just wanted to let you knowhow fantastic you are and how much I absolutely ADORED coming to SEXED tonight! I was sexually abused as a child and although I have dealt with it and am okay now, I've never seen anyone be so open and frank about sexual assault. It made me feel very comfortable! And the whole lecture was terrific...I think humor makes it easier to handle for people who are normally uncomfortable with talking about sex and/or anything which is normally "hush-hush" in conversation. I can't even put into words how glad I am that I got to see you! I just wanted to let you know what a difference you make!”
- My names Mary Katherine and I was at the talk you did at College of Charleston this past Thursday. I just wanted to tell you that I think you are an amazing
speaker. I went into that arena dreading the mandatory event and hoping it would not last long, but after you started talking I found myself not wanting to leave. You definitely have a gift and it amazes me how many obstacles you have overcome in your life. thank you for sharing your story, and I just wanted to tell you that you are making a difference.