One in 5 women in the U.S. has experienced rape or attempted rape. For men, it’s 1 in 67.

On average about 63% of sexual assault reports go unreported to the police department.

It’s a tough topic that so many shy away from, but it’s one Texas Lutheran University along with several other area agencies including the Seguin Police Department, the Guadalupe Sheriff’s Office, Guadalupe County Attorney’s office, Guadalupe Regional Medical Center, Guadalupe Valley Family Violence Shelter and the Guadalupe County Children’s Advocacy Center want to shed some light on.

“I feel like a lot of people often shy away from talking about sexual assault or dating violence because it’s so traumatic. It is, but if we’re going to avoid the topic because it’s sad and scary to talk about then we’re not going to fix the problem,” TLU Advocacy Coordinator Karen Muñoz said.

All these organizations have taken the stand together to give a voice to the many who have lost their lives and fight beside the survivors specifically with the annual The Amazing Race: Survivor’s Challenge.

The event takes community members through the process of what a victim has to go through when they’ve made a report.

Not only does this event help recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month created by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, but it gives individuals the needed tools and teaches them about the resources available to them.

They’ll be able to continue the conversation and pass along what they’ve learned to someone who is in need of assistance but isn’t too sure where to start first.

While theses are tough topics to discuss, the conversations need to happen in order to take a stand again sexual assault and other violence because it needs to be stopped.

TLU and its partnering agencies started the discussion, we have to keep the conversation going.

Our Voice is the opinion of the editorial board of the Seguin Gazette.

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