STAND UP, SPEAK OUT and STOP THE VIOLENCE. STAY INFORMED RE: sexual assault and violence in our culture; which occurs for both genders, all ages from birth to 100+, and all sexual orientations-cross culturally. We must STOP THE SILENCE and avoidance of this topic; as well as increase the support. Let’s ALL come forward in whatever way we can-to support and advocate for this epidemic. This “Rape Culture” we all live in- all over the world-can affect anyone in your own immediate family and your community. If we continue to avoid the topic of sexual assault; the burden is carried by the few who work in the abuse field; all underpaid, understaffed, and easily burned out: we place this enormous burden on those too few in numbers to carry it.The systems in place, and the government laws at this time; do not provide adequate money and/or resources for the desperately needed programs for education and prevention; fair procedures for arrest, court proceedings, and prosecution of the perpetrators; mental health services and treatment for victims and their families, social services, follow up services, and so on. The more we ALL GET INVOLVED in some way, if even to come out for public rallys to bring attention to this in the media, or to write to our local congressional representative; the more progress we will make i.e. local police, district attorneys, and state and federal government. This will inform the gradual eradication of this worldwide epidemic. THE TIME IS NOW. The statistics speak to the horrifying truth: ONE BILLION WORLDWIDE ARE VICTIMS of various kinds OF SEXUAL ASSAULT. Those who have not been victimized, or have not had a loved one or family member victimized…WE NEED YOU MOST OF ALL. Please don’t hesitate; none of us know when the day could come that it would affect us personally! PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK-and open the door for more awareness; the first step in the direction of healing of this hideous dark side of our human race, leading to a world filled of Love and Light-our Birth Right. THANK YOU!