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FAMU Clothesline Project Calling Attention to Sexual Assault Awareness Month

By: Angelica Alvarez Email
By: Angelica Alvarez Email

[UPDATE] Tallahassee, FL -- April 9, 2012 -- 11:52pm

Every two minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted.

According to RAINN, the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network, 207,754 people are victims of sexual assault every year.

More than half at 54% of rapes are not reported to police, and 97% of rapists will never spend a day in jail.

That information is inspiring survivors of sexual abuse on FAMU's campus to make a change by sharing their own painful stories.

"I had a family member come and live with us when I was eight years old, two years later, he used manipulation as his form of weapon to molest me, " says Tremayne Moore.

He's not only an author in Tallahassee, but he is also a survivor of sexual abuse.

"I had been raped and molested when I was younger," says Natasha Mays, a mother of two and a fellow survivor of sexual assault.

She says, "The first time, I was four and it was someone really close to our family."

Moore and Mays had never met before the 'Take Back the Night' rally at FAMU's campus. This was one of many events scheduled for this Sexual Assault Awareness Week.

At the eternal flame, they came together to share similar stories. They each had been abused twice in their lives. Moore by a male relative when he was ten and then a female relative raped him when he was 11 years old.

Mays was molested by a family member when she was a little girl, then abused by a boyfriend in her teens. Both say it took a long time to be able to share their stories freely, but believe talking is the only way to help others.

Moore says, "Speak out, somebody needs to hear your story. It saved your life because you're still alive, but it will save somebody's life."

Moore is an author who writes about sexual assault, and Mays is studying psychology at FAMU and plans to one day become a counselor.

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Tallahassee, FL -- April 9, 2012 -- 6:00pm

A federal report shows an average of one in four college women, across the country report being sexually assaulted.

It also shows three percent of college men survive rape or attempted rape in their lifetime.

Here at FAMU, that federal report is the Clery Report which shows sexual assault is down from 2008 to 2010.

But no matter what the number, students and staff say one rape is one too many.

To show their support they have events scheduled all week to support Sexual Assault Awareness Month...

If you drive by campus near Tucker Hall., you can see all sorts t-shirts with messages lining the street...

That federal report also shows sexual assault is down on FSU's campus, but up on the campus of Valdosta State University.

FAMU students will gather at the eternal flame for a take back the night rally.

We'll have a full report on that tonight at 11.


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