Friday, April 08, 2011

Did Anyone Tell Jo Anne Kloppenburg, "April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month"

A letter to the editor at the Lakeland Times.

From Shellie Holmes, executive director
Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

I wonder why nobody told Jo Anne Kloppenburg? Maybe the outcome might be different today. Sexual assault affects a lot of people including children.  

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month - The Lakeland Times - Minocqua, WI:
"4/8/2011 10:14:00 AM
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

To the Editor:

Sexual assault is a devastating crime that is committed with shocking frequency in our society. It is estimated that someone is sexually assaulted every two minutes in the United States.

Yet, in 2009, there were only 4,633 cases reported to law enforcement in Wisconsin. This number may seem high, but it does not begin to reflect the full extent of the problem.

As leaders and role models in our communities, we cannot afford to remain silent about sexual violence or blame victims for the decisions of perpetrators. We must build a culture where respectful relationships are expected, where sexual violence is not tolerated, and where offenders are held accountable for their actions.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a nationally recognized time to focus our efforts on sexual assault education, prevention, and awareness. During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and throughout the year, we at Tri-County Council invite everyone to take a stand with us against sexual violence."

There are simple ways each of us can take a stand against sexual violence on a daily basis. We set a powerful example every time we talk to our kids about respect in relationships, every time we speak up if someone makes a degrading comment, every time we demonstrate support for survivors of sexual violence.

Survivors are too often blamed for what happened to them and, therefore, suffer in silence.

You can read the rest at the Lakeland Times. The people of Wisconsin spoke against Kloppenburg with their vote. When she had the chance to do what was right, Kloppenberg refused to distance herself from the ads her front groups were running. The people of Wisconsin are not the saps Kloppenburg and the left think they are. The people of Wisconsin spoke and as of today, it looks like she will not be on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. 

Sexual Assault  is important and can affect everyone. Be aware and remember, education, prevention, and awareness are all important. 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month 

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