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Blue ribbon tied to heighten awareness of sexual assault

Those who have been around downtown Orofino in the last few weeks have probably noticed the blue ribbons tied to trees and posts April Sexually Assault Awareness Month.

One in four girls and one in boys will be sexually assaulted by the age of 18. In Idaho 39.3 percent of rape victims were under 18 years of age. Ninety-five percent of survivors knew the person that sexually assaulted or raped them.

Sexual assault is one of the most under reported crimes and yet its ripple effect is catastrophic. The Lewiston YWCA received 79 calls on their help line in 2016 for sexual assault and in 2015, they provided services for 75 victims of sexual assault. In 2016 QBH (Quality Behavior Health in Clarkston) had 87 new intakes with survivors of sexual assault.

Taking Action--Denim Day Wednesday, April 26

A 1999 rape conviction was overturned by the Italian courts because the victim was wearing jeans that the court determined could not have been removed without her consent. On Wednesday, April 26, denim to show that it does not matter what someone wears, sexual assault is unacceptable.

People can check out the YWCA web page for more information.


For further information on this and other health topics, visit the web site of the National Institute of Health at

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