Recognize Sexual Assault

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From the 2015-2016 school year to the 2017-2018 school year, sexual assault in school increased more than 50%. Students K-12 sexual violence reports increased from 9,600 to over 15,000 in one year and the number of reports only continue to escalate. It is reported that 1 in 9 girls and 1 in 53 boys are subjected to sexual abuse. Though the thought of sexual crimes happening to students isn’t very prominent, it happens more often than many people want to believe. Lawton High School student, Hannah Warner is one of many students whom have been exposed to such attacks those of which were implemented by fellow LHS student. Warner took her statement, along with evidence to her high school where she was made the “laughing stock” and was turned away by multiple teachers, school police officers and staff including Mrs. Oates. The school principal is claimed to say something along the lines of “we know him and he’d never do something like that.” Imagine being in the place of a high school student, working up the courage to speak up about sexual assault and not being taken seriously. Predators are everywhere and can be ordinary everyday people, regardless of who they are speak up for yourself or others. No sexual violence should be tolerated.