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Stephanie's Survivor Challenge

Together Let's Shatter The Silence!

Information on this page has been provided by Stephanie, a survivor of sexual assault as she was raped at the age of 16. Steph decided to share her experience and let other survivors know that they are not alone. She encourages survivors to shatter their silence and talk to someone so they can begin to heal.

We hope that you will take time to watch this video as Stephanie talks about her experience. 

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Stephanie’s Survivor Story contains additional information about her emotions during the sentencing and her recovery. The Parents Learned A Lot audio shares the impact of the rape on family and friends. It also includes sharing some good things that resulted from this experience.

Download this PDF file to read about Stephanie’s Survivor Story

Download this PDF file to read about Stephanie’s Parent’s Experience.

You can take an active role in increasing your safety or the safety of those you care about. While there’s no way to eliminate the chance that something may happen, there are strategies that may reduce your risk of a sexual assault. Stephanie recommends reading the book Keep Your Daughter Safe written by Richard Hart. This book includes over 170 ways women can prevent sexual assault. While written for girls between the ages of 12 and 22, the age group most dramatically impacted by rape and sexual assault, the information in this book is valuable for women of all ages. As Volunteer Sexual Assault Prevention Educators Steph, her sister and mother have provided hundreds of these books at training sessions and community awareness events. This book can be purchased from Amazon.

RAINN, Rape Abuse and Incest National Network, is one of the largest anti-sexual violence organizations in the country. Their website has information on how best to prevent sexual violence and help survivors. The statistics on RAINN’s website provide a look at sexual violence and the many ways it affects Americans each year. For additional information see the RAINN website at https://www.rainn.org.