Shaniya Garner-Mueller: It’s time to talk about sexual assault awareness |

Shaniya Garner-Mueller: It’s time to talk about sexual assault awareness

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is an annual campaign to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. It took place in April. But what exactly did our schools do to raise awareness last month? Besides teach the young ladies self defense? Nothing.

I’m a senior in high school who has been a victim of sexual assault and it’s been tough trying to cope with what happened to me these past couple of months. I know I’m not the only one who has been victimized by sexual assault, but this isn’t something that most people openly talk about. I feel it’s time for that to change. Our schools need to start talking to students about sexual assaults more often. We need to teach young women that what we wear shouldn’t be the cause of rape or sexual abuse. We shouldn’t feel the need to learn some kind of self defense because we are afraid of going out and getting raped.

We need to teach young men that there is never a reason to sexually assault someone.

Shaniya Garner-Mueller

Nevada City

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