April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Last year we published a series on Sexual Assault.   It was important for us to get an in-depth understanding of not just what a sexual assault survivor goes through when processing a sexual assault; but also those who touch the lives of the survivor as they go through this very personal and traumatic experience.

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APD’s 10-year Forcible Rape Data | Image created by Auburn Examiner

To help us get a full understanding of sexual assault and its medical implications we spoke to Dr. Java Tunson from MultiCare Auburn Medical Center’s Emergency Department, Makenzy Byrum a SANE with Rapid Sexual Assault Victim Exam (SAVE) Investigation, LLC.  Detective Mark Walker of the Auburn Police Department talked to us about the investigative process related to sexual assault cases.  We learned about The King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC)  and the mental health impacts of sexual assault from KCSARC’s Clinical Manager, Larraine Lynch.  And finally, Special Assault Unit prosecuting attorneys Celia Lee and Raam Wong from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office discussed how the judicial system handles sexual assault cases.
If you did not have a chance to read the series last year, we hope you will take a moment to read the articles this year.

You Are Not Alone

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, please know: you are not alone. There are resources that can help you heal.  The KCSARC resource line is available 24-hours a day: 1-888-99-VOICE (888-998-6423).  You can also call the National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE (4673).

Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted

Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted

The American Medical Association has called sexual assault the “silent, violent epidemic”

The American Medical Association has called sexual assault the “silent, violent epidemic”

43% of sexual assault survivors didn’t report because they thought nothing could be done

43% of sexual assault survivors didn’t report because they thought nothing could be done

Sexual Assault Survivors are 13 times more likely than non-crime victims to attempt suicide

Sexual Assault Survivors are 13 times more likely than non-crime victims to attempt suicide

Only about 6% of rapists will ever serve a day in jail

Only about 6% of rapists will ever serve a day in jail

 

 

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