Wednesday, February 27, 2008

~Silence Screams~Unlock The Silence!

Every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted. One in six American women are victims of sexual assault, and one in 33 men. In 2005-2006, there were an average annual 232,010 victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault. About 44% of rape victims are under age 18, and 80% are under age 30. Rapes are still not being reported. The National Crime Victimization Survey includes statistics on reported and unreported crimes in America. Sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes, with more than half still being left unreported. Utilizing services such as The National Sexual Assault Hotline can help encourage victims to get help and report what has happened to them so that more perpetrators can be brought to justice.RAINN

Silence Screams

The night, she saves
her silent screams
for awakening children
from their dreams
Shivering through
the empty streets
Hiding fright
in their shadows
of crimson
Comes the light
to sleep the day away
and beg the darkness
to fade
Her memories lie
in the shade
of the silent screams

she has saved

Angela Minard 2008