The world today is changing quicker than ever with social and technological growth, unfortunately, sexual assault is still happening every single day. Although people are beginning to talk about sexual assault, it is still not reaching a point where there is a solution, especially within the Asian American community.
1 in 5 women in the United States have experienced completed or attempted rape during their lifetime due to a sexual assault. 81% of women and 43% of men reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment and/or assault in their lifetime. Sexual Assault is a commonly known subject in our world and it is so prevalent in our country. There are many gaps in understanding and silencing sexual assault and it’s experience especially within the Asian American community.
Why does the silencing and misunderstanding around sex happen so frequently within the Asian American Community?
The Asian American Experience:
As an Asian American, you may have experienced, or further not experienced the “sex” talk growing up. Conversations around this topic tend to be skirted around, avoided, or outright shunned when brought up within the Asian American families. Often when serious conversations around “sex” are brought up, they can be dismissed through through jokes or funny comments, receiver being awkward, or the receiver offering no support on where to get the information needed - leaving the child feeling as confused and lost as the beginning of the conversation.
As per Shakti Therapy & Healing Services, a holistic group practice in Los Angeles, CA, being able to talk about sex and sexual assault openly and frequently helps destigmatize the topic. Open conversations about sex reduces shame and stigma, while increasing silent safety within the community. This gives people permission to open up to their own sexual assault vulnerabilities. Sexual assault happens more frequently than it’s talked about within the Asian American communities . It also helps people to realize that the only person to blame in these situations is the perpetrator, and to help the survivor know that it wasn’t their fault.
If you are a sexual assault survivor - know this: