Maria, who recently revealed that she was sexually abused by doctors, is setting an excellent example by openly speaking about her experiences.
Hollywoodlife.com exclusively spoke with Katherine Hull, a spokesperson for RAINN (the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization) about Maria Menounos‘ molestation. “Maria has shown incredible strength in coming forward and talking about her experience,” she says.
According to Hull, “More than 54% of all sexual assaults in the U.S. are not reported to police, and 97% of rapists never spend a day behind bars.” Maria publicly speaking about her own sexual abuse will serve as an inspiration to other sexual abuse victims.
“It’s very encouraging for other survivors of sexual abuse to hear from someone as high profile as Maria,” Hull explains. “She has an incredible opportunity to help others who have been affected by this crime by letting them know that they are not alone and that it’s never too late to get help from the National Sexual Assault Hotline. Hearing from someone who has survived and thriving can make a great difference in the lives of those who are struggling or afraid to ask for help.”
Hull thinks that Maria is serving as a great role model for other sexual abuse victims.”Many people who have been impacted by sexual violence often feel alone, afraid or ashamed — and these feelings can often deter survivors from coming and getting the help that they deserve.” Maria is showing that she is not ashamed of what happened to her and taking the first step in the healing process by confronting her sexual abuse.
We are so proud of Maria for being so brave and candidly speaking about her experience so that other sexual abuse victims will know they are not alone and be inspired to come forward with their own stories of recovery. Please follow @RAINN01 on twitter and Facebook.co
If you’ve been sexually abused, talk to someone who can help. The RAINN hotline is available 24/7: online.rainn.org
– Jenny Pickard
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