Laura Markowitz talks with a group of Rincon High School students who are working to prevent sexual violence among their peers and dispel the myths surrounding rape.
When Rincon High School football player Javier Robles Gonzalez was a freshman, he witnessed boys raping drunk girls at parties, and he was appalled that no one was doing anything to stop it. As a junior, he volunteered to be trained by the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault (SACASA) to be a peer educator. He became part of a core group that goes into classrooms to teach high school students a six-part curriculum on recognizing and preventing sexual assault.
Although reported incidents of sexual assault have decreased in the last two decades, the statistics are still alarming: one in six white females and one in four minority women and girls will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes. In addition, one in 33 males will be the victim of sexual assault. While sexual violence affects people of all ages, genders and walks of life, half of all victims are minors.