Elicia S. Missouri

Women Are People

Dear Future President, Every two minutes an American is sexually assaulted. Every one out of six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. 82% of all juvenile victims are female. 90% of adult rape victims are female. Women ages 18-24 who are college students are three times more likely to be a victim of sexual assault due to more exposure. College campuses should not be a place of fear. Women should not have to constantly be concerned to go out at night. They should feel safe in the places they call home; they have that right. I feel this way because it could happen to anyone. My little sister, my older sister, me. It is not impossible. We need to make this unlikely. Teach boys at a young age that women are not just sexual objects. Women are not toys for amusement. Women are people. Women matter, they have rights. Women are important. Females should be able to feel confident without worrying about being sexualized. Teach boys that some girls enjoy showing more skin than others. Girls are allowed to feel good about themselves; about their bodies. Men need to realize that women are just as important as they are. Teenage boys grow to learn that females are there for amusement that they are like a pit stop when they need to rest. No. Females are more than that! Girls are better than what some people make them out to be. My body, my decision. My choices. Do not put irrelevant thoughts into our younger female generations minds. Nor should you to males. Everyone should be treated equally; but you have to face the facts. Females have a higher risk of sexual assault! The punishment isn’t always enough. These people sexually abusing these girls must have more prison time! They need to learn that they cannot do these things without severe consequences. They need to realize that females can fight back! We have a voice and we will use it. Sexual assault needs to be put to its end. Mr./Mrs. President, you have to understand that these girls will be forever traumatized. They will never forget what happened to them. They will hurt for the rest of their lives. Trust issues, anxiety, depression, these are just some of the things that these women will suffer through. So either you will do something about it, or the female generation will. Sincerely, Elicia S.

Camdenton Middle School

Journalism ACI

An area of career interest class in which students research a variety of small and large scale news stories and write their own news articles. These articles are then published in the local newspaper, The Lake Sun. Students are also beginning to create news broadcasts of their stories to send to our local PBS station.

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