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Violence affects everyone

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Violence against both men and women affects people of all backgrounds. Acts of violence have terrible and costly results for everyone involved, including families, communities and society. Violence can take several forms including domestic or intimate partner violence, sexual assault and abuse, dating violence and elder abuse.

Violence is a Men's Issue, Too
Although more women suffer from acts of violence, violence is a men's issue for many reasons. For instance, although people don't often talk about the fact that men are sexually assaulted, there are many male rape survivors. Male survivors are often disbelieved, accused of being gay or blamed for their own assault when reporting the incident. Many times, they respond, as do many female survivors, by remaining silent and suffering alone. Gun violence, especially homicide, is also a problem that mostly affects young men, especially young, African-American men.

Get Help for Violence in Your Life
Violence against anyone in any form is a crime, regardless of who committed the violent act. It is always wrong, whether the abuser is a family member, someone you date, a current or past spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, an acquaintance or even a stranger. You are not at fault. You did not cause the abuse to occur, and you are not responsible for the violent behavior of someone else. If you or someone you know has been sexually, physically or emotionally abused, seek help from other family members and friends or community organizations. Reach out for support or counseling. Talk with a doctor, especially if you have been physically hurt. Learn how to minimize your risk of becoming a victim of sexual assault or sexual abuse before you find yourself in an uncomfortable or threatening situation.

If you're a victim of violence at the hands of someone you know or love, or you are recovering from an assault by a stranger, you are not alone. To get immediate help and support contact Family Advocacy at 556-8943, SARC at 556-SARC or TESSA of Colorado Springs at (719) 633-3819. TESSA provides a children's program, victim advocacy and counseling. At this time, TESSA does not provide shelter for the male victim, however, they can provide support and community resources.

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