We strive to bring light to a commonly overlooked issue: teen dating violence. "Shades of Gray" refers to abusive behavior in relationships that are not always viewed by society as unhealthy. Subtle tactics and manipulative behavior to gain control over one's partner play a major role in modern day teen dating relationships. Our mission is to educate and advocate for victim rights.
Currently, there are over 1.5 million people in the U.S. Military who are on active duty. It is their job to fight for our country to keep us safe from harm. However, it is now time that we step up for the safety of our armed forces.
Sexual assault is a growing problem in the military with no end in sight. In a 622-page report published by the Department of Defense, a staggering 3,158 total instances of sexual assault were reported—but that is just the beginning. The DoD believes that number only makes up 13.5 percent of the actual number of sexual assaults in the military in 2010. A better, more accurate estimate would be closer to 19,000 sexual assaults. To put that number in perspective, that is about half of the UW-Madison student body and a little more than the population of Middleton.
With April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, this issue has been brought under especially bright lights during the last couple of weeks, but it should be an issue we think about and address all year long. Civilians looking out for the safety of our military personnel cannot be reserved for one month of the year.
-He said he was sorry, so it won’t happen again.
-It’s ok, he can’t control himself when he’s horny.
-He loves me, there’s no way that was rape.
-I should have been more clear with my boundaries.