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.


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.

You must be logged in to post comments.

Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
  • by Student on Apr 10, 2012 at 11:32 PM
    For those below who related FAMU's Sexual Assault Awareness Month projects to new Anti-Hazing initiatives, this is not the first year FAMU has participated in Sexual Assault Awareness Month nor is it the first year FAMU has "put up signs" for various non-violence campaigns.
  • by Rick Location: Tallahassee on Apr 10, 2012 at 01:05 PM
    This is a very worthy project and a class act on FAMU's part. GREAT JOB FAMU!!
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on Apr 10, 2012 at 11:35 AM
    Ho Hum. Feel good stuff for a news filler.
  • by Black flag on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:48 AM
    FAMU, your reputation was ruined a long time ago. Putting up signs will not fix anything. Do you guys (I mean children) not think it's odd that this was done only after a murder, and multiple hazing charges/investigations that include both students and faculty?
  • by Jones on Apr 10, 2012 at 06:14 AM
    More smoke and mirrors from the PR firm. Will there ever be an indictment for murder?
    • reply
      by Nope on Apr 10, 2012 at 12:55 PM in reply to Jones
      Nope. If there was going to be, there would have been already.
WCTV 1801 Halstead Blvd. Tallahassee, FL 32309
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 146753125 - wctv.tv/a?a=146753125
Gray Television, Inc.