(Wausau, Wis.) Northcentral Technical College (NTC) joins with the nation to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in April. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it.
“Sexual Assault is a crime. The victims of the assault will never forget the feelings, the anger, and the degradation of the impact of the sexual assault. They carry it with them the rest of their lives. Some victims will tell you, they are able to forgive their assailant but they can never forget. The perpetrators need to be held accountable and counseled in an effort to help those that want to stop their abusive behavior. Laws are in place to do that. However, the actual court process can re-victimize the victim or there are times the perpetrator gets off because of a technicality.
Every day there is at least one report of sexual assault. My fear is society will become complacent after hearing this over and over instead of becoming angry and questioning why are we allowing this to continue, ” says Judy Woller, Executive Director HAVEN, Inc., the Household Abuse Victims Emergency Network serving Lincoln County.
Sexual violence is a serious public health issue that affects all communities. As many as 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted in college (Krebs, Lindquist, Warner, Fisher, & Martin, 2007), and while in college, one in 16 men have been victims of an attempted or completed assault (Krebs et al., 2007). Northcentral Technical College prohibits all forms of illegal discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and coercion on campus and at College related activities and functions. NTC is required to investigate all allegations regarding sexual misconduct under Title IX. Sexual misconduct incorporates a wide range of behaviors including sexual assault (which includes rape and any kind of nonconsensual sexual contact), sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, stalking, voyeurism, and any other conduct of a sexual nature that is nonconsensual, or has the purpose or effect of threatening, intimidating, or coercing another person.
"Those of us who have suffered the indignity and pain of sexual assault are mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends who may be holding the shame of the event from you. As victims and survivors, we shouldn't have to continue to handle this on our own. We did nothing wrong. Only by bringing this issue into the light will we be able to help others and heal ourselves,” states Debra Nyman, NTC Instructor.
The HAVEN 24-hour hotline providing help for domestic abuse/violence, sexual abuse/assault, child and elder abuse, stalking/harassment and human trafficking is 715-536-1300.