Recent headlines in the local news about an alleged hazing/possible attempted sexual assault in a high school boys locker room, calls to mind that sexual assault can happen to boys and men, as well as females and individuals who identify as LGBTQ. In fact, according to RAINN, the leading national sexual assault victim advocacy organization, 1 in 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime, and 1 out of every 10 rape victims are male.
We want to remind our community that 180 is available to help survivors regardless of gender, gender identity/expression–whether the assault happened recently or in the past. Healing and recovery is possible and our services: hotline, counseling, and accompaniment at hospital, police and court processes is available for everyone. 180 counselors and advocates are specially trained and experienced to assist survivors through trauma recovery. Individuals can call our hotline anonymously and confidentially 24/7 at 888-264-7273.
Young people who may struggle with these and any issues, can also reach our 2NDFLOOR Youth Help & Text Line: 888-222-2228 and website/message board at 2ndfloor.org. Please consider sharing this information with young people in your life. As always, we thank you for your support of our mission.