Violence against women is a major social issue that goes largely unreported. It takes several forms, including sexual assault and rape. Forcing someone to have sex against their will does not make the one who does it more of a man. It is a cowardly crime, plain and simple.
In Montgomery County, there has been an increase in the number of rapes reported to the police. During the first quarter of 2011, the Montgomery County Police Department had a 4.6% decrease in reported crimes overall, yet in that same period there was a 54.2%increase in reported rape. This is significant, but even more significant is the fact that most rapes and sexual assaults are not reported to police!
MEN AS WELL AS WOMEN CAN BECOME VICTIMS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE!
SPEAK UP! ASK FOR HELP. If you have been a victim, DO NOT KEEP SILENT! Let someone know - a person you trust, the police, or your local Rape Crisis Center.
If you are confronted by a sexually aggressive person who insists on having sex with you, whether or not they are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, use your best judgment to survive the situation. You are not at fault. Call the police if you can as quickly as possible. Your safety is the first priority. Call VASAP; we are here to help!
240-777-4357 24-hour crisis line