Speaking Out on Sexual Assaults
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CREATED Apr. 1, 2013
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Today survivors gathered in Green Bay" to share stories of their painful pasts and urge others to come forward.
Statistics show one in three women and one in six men are sexually assaulted at some point in their life. As crime has decreased in Brown County the number of sexual assaults has not.
When Dana Stueber was sexually assaulted at the age of 17, "there was nobody there for me."
She says there was no support for victims of sexual assault.
"I was told that in order to go to court it was going to be my word against his and that was about all the support that I received," says Stueber.
Brown County leaders are holding events to share stories like dana's because sexual assaults happen "a lot more often than we realize," says Brown County District Attorney Dana Johnson.
The Sexual Assault center which serves several northeast Wisconsin counties helped 683 victims in 2012 and responded to 410 crisis calls. 39% of the victims were under the age of 17. However it could be a lot more than that.
"We know that a lot of victims don't report," says Susan Lockwood of the Sexual Assault Center.
Because victims are sometimes too afraid to speak out.
"Sometimes victims want to make sure that people are going to believe them. Events like this and people telling their story, that people will believe them if they come forward," says Johnson.
Stueber knows that having that support is crucial. "So huge to have that person that is right there to say that I believe in you and I'm there to support you in whatever decisions you make."
To protect people from sexual abuse in the future.
As part of Sexual Assault Awareness month, there will be a men's march this Saturday on the city deck in downtown Green Bay.