Fight this darkness!
We must not assume that everyone knows the serious sexual assault and rape epidemic that plagues our society. Because it is the most under reported crime the criminals are very comfortable and confident in continuing to commit this crime. We all know that the rapes and sexual assaults will continue if no one stands up and speaks out.
Many survivors stand up in meetings, in safe places and tell their story. Telling their story not only helps the healing process but it also empowers the survivor. But we must go farther. We must go beyond the survivor to the perpetrator, the root of this crime. We need to do more. Our voices must be heard beyond the walls of these meetings, beyond conversations in corners, beyond family and friend circles. We must go beyond speaking in meetings, in safe places, writing books and telling our story to mobilizing into more community inclusive actions. Our voices must be heard throughout the entire community because the entire community is not only affected but infected with this epidemic.
Stop sacrificing our babies, our sons and daughters. The perpetrators are in our community. They are part of the community. They are not strangers coming in the area to rape. They are people we know! They are family members, neighbors, community servants, church leaders. Perpetrators are in every walk of life, on every financial level, in every culture, every religion, etc. They are everywhere in our community.
Rapes in the community affect the entire community. Time out for walking on eggshells. Time out for being afraid to call it what it is, rape! Time out for doing nothing and allowing these evils, these criminals to fester in our community and steal the souls of our children, our love ones. There’s no more time for silence.Rapists and sex perpetrators are everywhere and must be stopped.
This is a Call for Change – This is a call to Mobilize the community to end the infestation of rapes,sexual assaults, human trafficking in our community. Change is demanded! Every person, every corporation, every church, every school, every hospital, every store, every gym, every club, every sports team, every ……. can take the COMMUNITY STRONG PLEDGE. FIGHT THE DARKNESS!
There are five tenets to the pledge. Commit to at least one tenet and be a force in Community Strong.
1.STAND – Stand up in your community. What can you do to help your community be a safe community? Stand with the community. Stand in place of a victim who can no longer stand.
2.SPEAK – Speak up in your community. Be the voice of a victim that has been silenced. Be the voice of the survivor who cannot speak. Speak up in conversations. When you see something of question speak up, speak out. You may save a life. Tell your own story, speak your conviction, speak your truth. It is very empowering and liberating.
3.SUPPORT – Support the survivor by listening, not blaming nor judging them. Support by speaking out. Support by getting involved with advocate organizations. Support by having presentations at your business, place of worship on sex crimes.Support by financially giving to agencies that help survivors of sex crimes. Support bills presented before congress that make our community safe against sex crimes.
4.SERVE – Volunteer your time, talents, expertise. Help us be the voice of the voiceless. Stay in the fight. Stay alert to this crime in our community. Stay abreast of the local news.
5.STOP – Stop the infestation, stop the silence, stop ignoring, stop avoiding, and stop doing nothing. When we stand together, speak as one, support survivors and serve we will destroy the infestation in our community and minimize this crime.Whether you stand, speak, support or serve you are doing something to destroy the power of sex crimes in our community. Rapists, predators, traffickers must be stopped and held accountable for their crime(s).
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