Every ninety seconds, someone is sexually assaulted in the United States, according to U.S. Department of Justice and in last year Long Beach, there were 115 documented rapes.
Many of those victims are young people: 1 in 4 girls will be sexually assaulted by the age of 18 and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted by the age of 18.
Women aged 12-34 are at the highest risk for being sexually assaulted. Risk peaks in the late teens: girls 16-19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape and sexual assault, according to the National Crime Victimization Survey.
Because April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, VoiceWaves has asked some local young people at Reid Continuation High School to define sexual assault and to share some ideas about how to prevent it. Listen to their voices in the video above.
For more Long Beach information about how to provide help for survivors of sexual assault, contact local Sexual Assault Response Team at Community Hospital Long Beach at (562) 497-0147.
Also, here are some tips from the Crisis Support Network:
If you are sexually assaulted:
- Go to a safe place.
- Do not bathe.
- Do not change your clothes.
- Physical appearance.
- Save clothing and items involved.*
- Call 911 or go to the nearest medical facility as soon as possible; even if you feel your injuries are not that serious, you may have unseen injuries that need medical attention. You may want to rule out pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.
*Whether or not you wish to report the assault immediately, it is still important to collect medical evidence, in the event you wish to report at a later time.