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Program addresses sex, sexual assault

Susan Fugazzi

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Kelly Addington’s heart pounded. She sat on the toilet in disbelief. She thought, ‘How can I be pregnant if I haven’t had sex?’

Confused? Well, so was Addington when it happened to her.

Addington and her best friend, Rebecca Tieder, told their story during the Let’s Talk About “It” program Thursday Feb. 22 in the Otto M. Budig Theatre. The program, which focused on sex and sexual assault, was created by Addington and Tieder.

“We’re here to break barriers and stretch boundaries,” Addington said. “I tell my story to help others.”

According to Addington, after meeting a guy several times, she invited him to her apartment. She wanted to introduce him to her friends, so they went to meet them at a party. While there, she began to feel “fuzzy.”

She asked her date to take her home, telling him that something was wrong. He took her back to her apartment. She passed out and the guy went home in the morning.

He didn’t get along with her friends, so she didn’t intend to meet him again. Many unexplained nightmares and missed menstrual cycles later, Addington began to question if she could be part of an “immaculate conception.”

She took a pregnancy test.

The result was positive, despite Addington not being sexually active.

In time, she realized the logical explanation pointed back to the night when her date took her home. She confronted the man, and he admitted to having non-consensual sex with her that night.

According to Maureen Rich, public education coordinator for the Women’s Crisis Center in Maysville, Ky., date rape, otherwise known as non-stranger rape, is the most common form of sexual assault.

According to the Campus Education Awareness Support and Effect (CEASE) Web site, 1.3 women are raped every minute. That’s 56,160 rapes each month and 683,280 each year in the United States.

Rape statistics are comprised of a vast array of illegal sexual acts against both males and females. According to the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, sexual assault is defined as, “any type of sexual activity without consent. It ranges from inappropriate touching to penetration or intercourse. It can be verbal, visual, or any other from which forces a person to participate in unwanted sexual contact or attention.”

For more information about sexual assault, rape counseling, what you should do to preserve proof of sexual assaults and other related information, visit www.rainn.org.

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