sexual assault survivor, rape, RAINN, sexual assault awareness

The FBI categorizes rape as the second most violent crime a person can experience, second only to murder. To put it another way, it's the most violent and traumatic crime any victim lives to remember. Every two minutes another American is sexually assaulted.

In January of 2001 Lindsay Young was a freshman in college when she was raped by a man she had met weeks before. In honor of National Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month, Savvy Miss is proud to present the empowering story of Lindsay’s six-year journey from being a sexual assault victim to becoming a survivor.

SM: Your rape is classified as “acquaintance” rape meaning you knew your attacker. How did you know him?
Lindsay: My friends and I were at a Karaoke bar one night and we met a group of guys, they were mostly young professionals (mid 20’s). We hung out every now and then.

SM: What happened the night you were raped?
Lindsay: That particular night we were all going bowling, but the lanes were booked so one of the guys, the guy who would later rape me said, “Let’s go back to my place and play cards. I’ve got drinks.” We were there drinking and a couple of hours later I was like “I feel drunk, I feel sleepy” –it’s 2 or 3 a.m. and we were a 30 minute drive from campus—“I’m going to go lay down.”

I woke up with a pillow over my face and I was being raped. My pants were down and I was trying to fight him. I was putting up too much of a fight so he turned me over and held my head down into a pillow by the back of my neck. One of my girlfriends from campus was with me in the same apartment. I kept thinking surely she heard me, surely someone could hear me scream, but everyone was drinking and there were a lot of people there so who really knows.