Sexual Assault Victims Sharing Their Message Through New PSA


UPDATED: Tuesday April 30, 2013 7:06 PM

One-by-one, 11 sexual assault survivors unite in the new public service announcement aimed at others who may be too afraid or ashamed to break their silence

Stephanie Smith Bowman is one of those survivors.  

"It's not about the act of sex. It's about power and control and, secondly, it's not the victim's fault. Third, they don't have to be alone," said Bowman.

Bowman and others with the Ohio Alliance To End Sexual Violence launched the PSA as advocates for sexual assault victims gathered to learned how to better get their message out.

They say the numbers paint an alarming picture.

One in four girls, and one in six boys, in Ohio will be sexually abused before they turn 18-years-old, according to the group.

Some advocates say the facts get lost in the frenzy that often surrounds high profile cases like the trial of two Steubenville high school football players convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl.

"What we want people to know is when someone tells you that they have experience violence that they have been violated believe them, support them,” said Katie Hanna, statewide director.

Advocates and survivors hope the PSA will start the conversation and push people to get help.

As the PSA states - We know how you feel, and we know there's help

If sexual assault has happened to you, the Ohio Alliance To End Sexual Violence wants you to know help is available.

Just call your local rape crisis center in Ohio at 1-888-886-8388.

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