Did you know*:
- 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.
- Fifteen percent of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12.
- Seven percent of girls in grades 5-8 and 12% of girls in grades 9-12 said they had been sexually abused.
- Three percent of boys grades 5-8 and 5% of boys in grades 9-12 said they had been sexually abused.
- In 1995, local child protection service agencies identified 126,000 children who were victims of either substantiated or indicated sexual abuse.
Of these, 75% were girls.
- Nearly 30% of child victims were between the age of 4 and 7.
- 93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker.
- 34.2% of attackers were family members.
- 58.7% were acquaintances.
- Only 7% of the perpetrators were strangers to the victims.
Victims of sexual assault are*:
- 3 times more likely to suffer from depression.
- 6 time more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
- 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol.
- 26 times more likely to abuse drugs.
- 4 times more likely to contemplate suicide.
And these after-effects often last for a lifetime.
If these statistics aren’t reason enough for you to become aware of (at the least) or become involved in the fight against sexual assault and abuse, maybe knowing that I was a child victim as well would help.
And as such, I’m here to tell you there’s hope.
I’m here to tell you there’s healing.
I’m here to tell you that “statistics” become survivors.
With your help.
The issue of sexual abuse and assault is as old as humanity. It didn’t start with the #metoo movement. And like my other novels, How Sweet the Sound, starts with the question of how do survivors find hope in the midst of the the hard and healing of sexual abuse?
How Sweet the Sound is a modern day retelling of the story of Tamar in the book of 2 Samuel in the Bible, a woman raped by her brother and left to live in desolation. In my book, however, the Tamar figure (named Comfort) learns to find hope and healing.
Share this story with someone you know today who needs hope, or even if you need to find hope, yourself.
In support of Sexual Assault and Abuse Awareness Month, How Sweet the Sound is available throughout April for just $2.99 for e-books/e-readers.
*References available at https://rainn.org/get-information/statistics/sexual-assault-victims