Sexual assault and teenagers
Sexual violence affects all communities, even ours. Recent events and conversations about sexual assault at East Chapel Hill High School remind us of this.
The increased attention on campus sexual assault in the past few years has been a crucial conversation for a university town like ours. Yet the story that has largely been missed is the enormous risk faced by high school teens.
Girls ages 16-19 face four times more risk of being sexually assaulted than the general population (RAINN.org). Boys, too, face an increased risk of sexual assault in childhood and adolescence.
When allegations of sexual assault involving teens surface in the news, it leaves parents, students and teachers scrambling for answers. How do we make sense of this? How can we respond? And what can be done to prevent this? Our community deserves an opportunity to come together for healing and learning.
The Orange County Rape Crisis Center partners with local middle and high schools to provide sexual assault prevention programs. We also offer community education programs, such as the upcoming Sexual Assault in Teen Lives: A Community Conversation about Response and Prevention. Parents, students and community members are welcome to join us on Thursday, December 17, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Public Library for this free event. We will discuss skills for responding to trauma and provide an opportunity to reflect on the role each of us plays in prevention.
Trained Companions will be available for crisis counseling and service referrals. And as always, if you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence and could benefit from support or resources, please don’t hesitate to call us at 866-WE-LISTEN.
Community education director
Orange County Rape Crisis Center
Do unto others
After World War II, I was on a bus in New York City and passed the Jewish Resettlement Office, where lines of Jews were clamoring for help. The anguish and desperation on their faces have never left me.
I also remember the skeletal men from displaced person camps after World War II arriving in Milwaukee receiving shelter, medical attention and jobs.
In 1975,Vietnamese refugees, both Christian and Buddhist, settled in Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh among other places in North Carolina. Among all these refugee groups, their offspring became professionals and general service providers and proud Americans.
Now, Syrian refugees are seeking asylum from horrific situations.
In my long life I have seen and experienced the ravages of war and the plight of refugees.
Recently, Gov. Pat McCrory said it is his job to protect his people from terrorists who could come into North Carolina as Muslim refugees. The governor does a disservice to all Muslims who immigrated here, who were born here and those seeking asylum.
A reminder to McCrory: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”
Law and disorder
The latest incident of mass murder, in San Bernardino, Calif., should underscore the point that while the Republican Party continually asserts that we should resist rash regulatory controls of guns after a mass murder, nothing ever changes. The mass killings go on.
The American right wing is now the most naked of emperors. This is the same group of people who decry government spending. Do they think that an incident of the kind that occurred in San Bernardino is an incidental expense? Or in several scenes of horror in Colorado? Or in Sandy Hook?
The Republicans in Congress used to be the most ardent defenders of law and order. Now they appear to turn a blind eye to the grossest forms of disorder, the worst violations of the law. The Republicans in Congress also, to a person, proclaim themselves to be "pro-life." Really?
Paul R. Betz
I always enjoy Blair Pollock’s My View columns, but he outdid himself with Sunday’s on the Timberlyne restaurants – I had not registered the number and variety.
I agree, Sage is a really nice place. We do miss the wonderful Persian restaurant that used to be on Elliott Road – a big “yes” to the pomegranate-walnut sauce!
The column mentioned one of our very favorite restaurants in the whole area: Friesh’s Queen of Sheba. We got to know her when she was located in downtown Chapel Hill location. Such delicious, eclectic food! We order the wonderful mixed entrees and have enough for another full meal. The curries are reminiscent of Indian and also Middle Eastern food. We also love to chat with her about food.
Jane and Subir Chaterjee
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