Friday, July 28, 2017

The support of a community can make a world of difference in the way a person heals after experiencing a traumatic event and experiences growth through the healing process. Sexual violence is a front porch issue that affects a broad range of community members, some of these people being our family, our friends, our colleagues, our teachers and students. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center suggests that one in four girls will experience sexual abuse before the age of 18. As a living example of this statistic, and as someone who has seen how sexual violence has negatively affected those closest to me, I believe that creating a supportive environment for survivors of sexual assault is integral in building a healthier community. RVAP’s role in the community crucial, fostering an open dialogue to discuss sexual assault in order to educate and be educated, promoting healthy practices and lifestyles, and offering support for survivors of sexual trauma. I am incredibly moved by the progress this organization has made, and I believe it is on us to continue to work towards creating a safer and more connected community.

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Ileana Higashiyama
Intern with RVAP