Surviving a Sexual Attack

Surviving a Sexual Attack

When a woman is sexually assaulted, she often times never reports it to anyone.   According to statistics nationwide only one in ten sexual assaults are ever reported.

Sarah Beck a Prevention Educator at the Woman's Center in Carbondale explains why.

" The one thing I hear in here from woman is that the reason why they didn't tell anyone, is because they thought no one would believe them.  That's something we all have to change.  If we hear a story about someone being assaulted we believe them.  We say I believe you.  We support them.  We don't blame them.  And ask them why were you there?  Or why didn't you do this," Beck said.

Incoming college students are some of the most vulnerable according to Beck.  Especially during the first six weeks of school.

"Our statistics show that 1 in 4 will be sexually assaulted before they graduate.  You have to do what ever, what ever you can to survive.   We don't call them victims.  Victims are the ones who don't life to talk about it.  Someone who does, did the right thing at the time.  And only the person who is in the situation at the time can know for sure what is safest," Beck said.

Some things Beck points out that a woman, or a young girl can do is try to fight back, or yell, and in some cases run away.   Also try to determine if the attacker has a weapon.  And sometimes Beck says the best thing to do is what the attacker is telling you to do.

"There's nothing that anyone does to bring on a attack.  The only person who is responsible for a rape or an assault is the perpetrator."

"But I would suggest, and we do recommend to all the woman we have in our classes is to take a self defense course.  That way you won't hurt yourself trying to defend yourself, and you can strike out at the attacker as hard as you possibly can," Beck said.

Some other frightening numbers Beck says that are compiled about sexual assaults, are that 1 in 3 girls will be sexually attacked before age 18.  And that 1 in 3 women will be sexually assaulted in their life time.

And it's not only girls who are vulnerable to being attacked.  The statistics show that 1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted before age 18.