Sexual violence is a very serious public health problem that affects millions of women and men. In the United States, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 59 men have been raped in their lifetime. Approximately 1 in 15 men have been made to penetrate a perpetrator in their lifetime. Most victims first experienced sexual violence before age 25.
Many Victims Do Not Disclose Sexual Violence
Statistics underestimate the problem because many victims do not tell the police, family, or friends about the violence. Sexual violence is any sexual activity where consent is not freely given. This includes completed or attempted penetration of a victim or attempts to make a victim penetrate a perpetrator against the victim’s will or against a victim who is unable to consent. If you are or someone you know is a victim of sexual violence, contact ASTOP at 800-418-0270
Sexual violence also includes:
- Unwanted sexual contact, and
- Non-contact unwanted sexual experiences (such as verbal sexual harassment)
Sexual violence can be committed by anyone:
- A current or former intimate partner
- A family member
- A person in position of power or trust
- A friend or acquaintance
- A stranger, or someone known only by sight
Sexual violence impacts health in many ways and can lead to long-term physical and mental health problems. For example, victims may experience chronic pain, headaches, and sexually transmitted diseases. They are often fearful or anxious and may have problems trusting others. Anger and stress can lead to eating disorders, depression, and even suicidal thoughts.
If you are or someone you know is a victim of sexual violence:
- Contact ASTOP at 800-418-0270
- Contact your local emergency services at 9-1-1.
For more information on this topic and other behavioral health subjects and resources, go to csifdll.org.
Fond du Lac County Binge Drinks
at Higher Rate than National Average
According to the Center for Disease Control, the average national adult binge drinker consumes four to five drinks per occasion however, a Wisconsinite binge drinker exceeds this and typically consumes nine drinks per occasion. When compared to the national binge drinking rate (17%), Fond du Lac County’s binge drinking rate (42%) is elevated.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration to 0.08 grams percent or above. Approximately more than one in every three Fond du Lac County residents participates in binge drinking. Excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Although binge drinking is a nationwide problem, what can we do to solve this locally?
First we can define what binge drinking is: four or more drinks for a woman in two hours or five or more drinks for a man in two hours.
It is important to note that everyone can aid in the prevention of binge drinking. Members of your community have already begun to move forward by implementing effective strategies to prevent binge drinking through Drug Free Communities (DFC) of Fond du Lac County. DFC has built partnerships with law enforcement, health care, and other agencies in efforts to reduce binge drinking. In addition, other youth action groups including Students Taking Action Against Negative Decisions (STAAND) are also taking action. The STAAND group from Fond du Lac has worked with businesses associated with Prom to remind this season’s prom attendees not to drink.
Alternately, here are a few tips to keep in mind that one can use to help prevent themselves from binge drinking.
- Don’t drink
- Being aware the consequences
- Knowing what triggers binge drinking, and avoiding/preparing for these triggers
- Drink slowly and be aware of what a “standard drink” really is
- Start by drinking a soda or other non alcoholic drinks
- Go out with a friend who doesn’t drink or who has similar low limits in mind
- Limit the amount of cash you bring out and leave your credit card at home
- Remember that drinking is not a competition, nor is it a way to look cool
- Resist pressure from others around you
With your help, as a community, the binge drinking rate of Fond du Lac County can be reduced and many of its outcomes such as unplanned pregnancies, assaults, drunk driving and more can be prevented.
For more information please visit http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/BingeDrinking/index.html. Further community recommendations can be found at http://www.thecommunityguide.org/alcohol