— Not Okay

Here's how schools can step up to protect teen sexual assault survivors, because the statistics are so upsetting

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As anyone who has experienced sexual violence can attest, the aftermath often permeates multiple aspects of your life. And there are more survivors than you may think — a recent study found that nearly one in three teen girls have been victims of some form of sexual violence. The nationwide study, which was conducted by the National Women’s Law Center in collaboration with Lake Research Partners, released a report that showed the prevalence of these crimes — and the impact they have on survivors.

The study surveyed 1,003 girls between the ages of 14 and 18, and oversampled black, Latinx, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American, and LGBTQ girls.

Thirty-one percent of the girls surveyed reported experiencing sexual assault or violence — and members of marginalized communities are more likely to be victimized.

The Let Her Learn survey found that 21 percent of respondents had been kissed or touched without their consent, and survivors of sexual assault were twice as likely to be purposely hurt or injured by a family member.

Although Caucasian girls and women are certainly not immune from this horrifying epidemic, the numbers are astoundingly high for women of color and those who identify as LGBTQ. Thirty-eight percent of LGBTQ girls, 24 percent of Latinx girls, 23 percent of Native American girls, and 22 percent of black girls told researchers they’d experienced nonconsensual kissing or touching.

Six percent of those surveyed were survivors of nonconsensual sex, and those numbers surged to 15 percent of LGBTQ girls, 11 percent of Native American girls, 9 percent of black girls, and 7 percent of Latinx girls.

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