Did you know that in the USA, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 13 men will be sexually assaulted during their college years. Possibly even more frightening then that – less than 10% will report the assault! Those who do, on average wait 11 months to make the report as the necessary support is often missing. That means that it’s difficult for authorities to track down rapists. That’s a particularly bad problem when you think about the fact that 90% of sexual assaults are committed by repeat offenders.
I get it, gosh don’t we all – that reporting a sexual assault is one of the most confronting things you will ever have to do. For a multitude of reasons – guilt, shame, confusion, denial, pure terror. It is no wonder that only 10% do, and only after waiting almost 12 months, to do so. The fact of the matter is – we don’t want to experience anymore pain than necessary – but it seems to me that by not speaking up – in the long term we experience far more heartache and wobbly steps throughout our journey. What if reporting could be anonymous? What if you could report, not to a face but to a machine? Check out this inspiring TED TALK with Jessica Ladd where she, with a bunch of other legends, has created just this.