SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – One in five girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18, and one in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives in the U.S.
That’s according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
KOLR10 attended a rally in Springfield this afternoon where local victims shared their stories.
They say that time heals all wounds but I disagree,” said Jordan Harris, co-founder of Me Too Springfield, “no matter how much you hear how common sexual assault is, you feel really alone whenever it happens to you, so we wanted to fight that.”
State representative Crystal Quade attended the rally and talked about the importance of the “#MeToo” movement.
“I’m scared that in 2018 when women tell their stories they’re not believed,” Representative Quade said.
There were also musical performances, poem readings, along with other victims sharing their stories.
The rally also includes a “what were you wearing” art installation and it features clothes the victims were actually wearing when they were assaulted.
Participants KOLR10 spoke to explained why they want to be a part of the movement.
“Someone you know and love has been sexually assaulted, I truly believe that, and I think that we all need to rally and support them and let them know that they’re in a safe place,” said Samantha Hunt.
“I’m 63 years old, and I’ve seen a lot of sexual harassment in my time,” Bob Hencey said, “I’ve seen sexual harassment when it was okay. When it was that’s the way it is. I have a wife and a daughter, and believe me if anyone even gave me a hint, any intention of, I’d be in jail.”
“Even if it never stops, there’s power in numbers, power in people,” said Shaylee Bruce.
There were also a number of people protesting judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation for various reasons.
“Sorry, about to cry. Very disappointed,” said Sam Carroll, “I knew how my two senators were voting, but I had hoped that there were some others that had some better sense about them to stand up for the women around the country.”
“He may have done it, he was so drunk he don’t remember, so he’s telling the truth, she may be mistaken but she seemed to be pretty firm that it was him, you can’t determine that. But I think if Mr. Kavanaugh really respected the court, he would see that his nomination really politicized the court, and would step down,” Hencey said.
Me Too Springfield’s next event will be in November.
It will be a class about sexual health and relationships.