Celebrating Independent Gainesville
As you’re certainly aware (we hope), today is Tax Day.
This didn’t bother us one bit today.
But our good moods changed to solemn when we read the following from Alachua County Victim Services.
“Governor Rick Scott may veto rape crisis money today! Call him at 850-488-4441, or email and tell him: Please sign the budget leaving specific appropriation 322 proviso intact to uphold the state’s commitment to support sexual assault victims and keep our kids safe from sexual abuse.
Funds spent now on prevention and trauma intervention reduce the longer-term costs (mental health, substance abu…se, lost productivity) to individuals, communities, and the state. Advocacy for victims prevents additional misery and saves the state money. Research shows advocacy mitigates the short and long-term consequences of sexual assault meaning victims can get back to work and school, avoid substance abuse and mental health problems, and prevent chronic health problems associated with stress. Sexual trauma has a negative impact on children’s educational attainment, later job performance, and earnings, with an average cost in life-time earnings of almost a quarter of a million dollars per victim. Sexual abuse and assault survivors are at greater risk of problem alcohol and other substance abuse. Victims of child sexual abuse are five (5) times more likely than non-victims to be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, twice (2x) as likely to experience a major depressive disorder, and significantly more likely to attempt suicide. Sexual assault interferes with women’s ability to work. 50% of sexual violence victims had to quit or were forced to leave their jobs in the year following their assaults due to the severity of their reactions.”
Now, more than ever, we feel it’s important that you show your support and attend the Take Back the Night! Rally tomorrow night.
Huh? What is Take Back the Night?
The Take Back the Night! Rally will include a March and open Mic. It is hosted bySTRIVE (Sexual trauma/interpersonal violence education team @ UF), UF Counseling and Wellness, UPD, UF Student Government, and Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center (the wonderful folks who alerted us to the potential cut).