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81B Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL AN D OPINION EDITORIAL Sexual assault statistics paint a disturbing picture April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. As distasteful as this editorial might appear to some readers, the following statistics are a grim, but necessary, reminder that millions of Americans are victims of sexual assault every year" often by someone they know. A sexual assault is one of the most terrifying events that can occur in anyone's life, and the statistics are staggering. According to oneinfourusa.org, one in four college women report surviving a rape or an attempted rape since their 14th birthday. Twenty percent of women reportedly answered yes to the question, "In your lifetime have you been forced to submit to sexual intercourse against your will?" Thus, one in five college women report being raped at some point in her lifetime. A national survey of high school students revealed nearly the same results. Half of these girls told no one about the incident. Can men be raped? The answer is yes, and 3 percent of college men report surviving a rape or an attempted rape as a child or adult. It's probably not surprising that 99 percent of the perpetrators are men, but it is surprising that most survivors knew their attackers. While 8 percent of men admit committing acts that meet the legal definition of rape, 84 percent of them deny their actions were rape. More than one in five men report that they were not able stop themselves from having sex, even though the woman did not consent. And a startling 35 percent of men report at least some degree of likelihood of raping if they could be assured they wouldn't be caught or punished. It appears that sexual assault may be learned behavior, as many sexual assault offenders report experiencing physical or sexual abuse as children. Many rapes occur when the victims least expect it. According to the website, 57 percent of rapes occur on dates, and 75 percent of the men and 55 percent of the women involved in acquaintance rapes were drinking or taking drugs just before the attack. More than half of all sexual assault incidents occurred within 1 mile of the victim's home or in the victim'a lome: ........ Through.the. !a.s. 1Q.Y.r.,. the National Crime: Victimization Survey has reported only 30. percent of rape victims report the incident to the police, Of those assaults reported to the police, only 16 percent result in prison senterces, Therefore, a man who rapes ends up in prison just 5 percent of the time. The effect on the victim can be profound -- 82 percent of victims say the sexual assault permanently changed them. These statistics are mind-numbing. As a society, we must strive to do better. No one in this country should live in fear of assault. And we need to make sure the perpetrators are punished. It begins with acknowledging that thi is a problem. Let's work toward fLxing it. If you or someone you know needs help, call the Resource Center's 24 hour/seven days a week hotline: 283-4333, or toll-free at 877-215-7273. :'0000bhshlng" " 0000wspaper For breaking news, go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald ......... Managing Editor Jenny Lee ................. Photo Editor Ingrid Burke ............... ,Copy Editor Staff writers: Laura Beaton Carolyn Shipp Michael Condon Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Susan Cort Johnson Debra Moore Maddie Musante M. Kate West Aura Whittaker Sam Williams James Wilson Samantha P. Hawthorne Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Indian Valley Record . (530) 284-7800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 Printed on recycled paper Member, California Newspaper Publishers AssOC. Kick off your heels and wear sensible shoes The recently revived Sweetheart of the Mountains contest got me to thinking about my days of competing on the "grandstand." My one performance came when I was in second grade and performed a tap dance with my sister and a couple other girls at a talent show one summer. That was a long time ago, and like most events occurring in the past, my recollection of it is probably not exactly how it really played out. I remember the shiny black tap shoes with wide ribbon laces and the frilly dresses and white ankle socks we wore. I didn't like our outfits, because I hated wearing dresses when I was a kid. Back in the old days, before women's liberation and laws that made sense, girls were forced to wear dresses in school -- and that's what I hated: being forced. "Why should girls have to wear dresses?" I asked anybody who would listen. But no MY TURN LAURA BEATON Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com one could ever give me a satisfactory answer. I hated wearing dresses to church, too. We used to pile in the station wagon and drive the few miles to our church in Harvard Square every Sunday. I remember sitting through the services before being dismissed for Sunday School. An hour later, we'd be free, but my parents This week's special days NOT JUST AN OKDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling of weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. April 9 1965 -- The Houston Astrodome, the world's first multipurpose domed sports stadium opens. 2005-- Charles, the Prince of Wales, marries Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil wedding ceremony in England. April 10 1866-- The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is founded in New York. 1912 -- The Titanic leaves port in Southampton, England, bound for New York City for her first and only voyage. 1916-- The PGA (Professional Golfer's Association) is founded. 1925 -- "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald is published. April 11 Today is eight-track tape day, bringing : back memories of the music scene of the 60's and 70's. The eight-track tape cartridge was created by inventor William (Bill) Lear who also invented the Lear Jet. He died in Reno, Nev., at the age of 751 1976-- The first original Apple computer -- the Apple 1, is released to the public by Apple Corporation. April 12 1945 -- President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt dies while in office and Vice President Harry S. Truman is sworn in as the 33rd President. 1955 -- The polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk is declared safe and effective. 1992 -- Euro Disneyland Resort opens and is subsequently renamed Disneyland Paris. April 13 Today is Scrabble day. The word game was created in 1938. 1870 -- The New York Museum of Modern Art is founded. 1902 -- James C. Penney (J.C. Penney) opens his first retail store in Kemmerer, Wyo. 1997 -- Tiger Woods, at age 21, becomes the youngest golfer to win the Masters Golf Tournament held in Augusta, Georgia. April 14 1828 -- Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary. 1860 -- The first Pony Express rider reaches Sacramento. 1912 -- The Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic sea and sinks the next morning, o : 1927- The first Volvo automobile ....... premiers in Sweden. 1939 -- "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck is first published. April 15 $$$$ Today is federal income tax day. $$$$ Passover begins today continuing until April 21. j would still be listening to the reverend. So we kids would cross the street to the Common and run wild through the park. I climbed the trees along with my brothers, despite the dress and shoes, but it was uncomfortable and I was always worried about my underpants showing. The same thing happened at grammar school when it was time for recess or PE. Girls weren't supposed to play as hard as boys, and if you ever fell down and your dress flew up, forget about it! You were the laughingstock of the playground. Remember the nursery rhyme "I see London, I see France, I see 's underpants?" The first thing I would do when I got back home from school or church was race upstairs to my room and change into play clothes -- what a reliefi The happiest clothing-related event of my life happened in eighth grade when the dress code was changed and girls no longer had to wear dresses. Hallelujah! I think the only time I ever wore a dress after that was for weddings and funerals. But then there were the athletic uniforms we wore for basketball and field hockey -- even after the dress code had changed: kilts and bloomers. I mean, really? At least for softball we wore knickers -- I guess the powers that be drew the line at having girls in skirts slide into home plate. Times sure have changed. I was just visiting with my girlfriend's family and her ll-year-old grandson was wearing the latest "skinny" jeans. He is an avid martial arts enthusiast, and he was going to demonstrate his katas for us but he said first he had to change out of his jeans so he could kick! During the '70s when consciousness-raising groups and sexual liberation were all the rage, women's self-defense classes became a way for women to "take back their power." One of the first things the instructors would tell women is that the clothes they wore -- especially their shoes -- could signal their victim-ness to an attacker. A woman in high heels can't run very well -- especially if she's wearing a tight skirt. That could make her an easy target. So I'was happy to hear that the Sweetheart of the Mountains contest is no longer a beauty pageant. The days of a woman's bust, waist and hip measurements being broadcast for all to see and admire are gone. There will be no high-heeled swimsuit competition. Young competitors will have to prove their mettle via their ability to speak publicly, contribute .to their community and show off their talent on the grandstand. I don't know that we'll be seeing any tap dancers, but if we do, I'm sure it will take me back to that long-ago day of tapping my way across the stage to wild applause and cheering from the crowd of hundreds. Or is my memoryTailing me? Either way, I'm looking forward to the new version of the Sweetheart of the Mountains competition. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 Advertisement: Enroll now for the upcoming spring season at Marguerite Henry's (Foley) Dance Studio in Quincy featuring Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell dance routines and new forms of opera ballet. Classes and private lessons for boys and girls. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1964 Dow Bettis, superintendent of the Greenville site of the Meadow Valley Lumber Company and Ray Smith, Meadow Valley Lumber Company president, this week finalized plans for the new sawmill on the East Quincy site which will replace the Spanish Ranch plant. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1989 Location of a proposed conservation inmate camp in Plumas County is an issue in the forefront in Plumas County where most residents are opposed to a minimum security work camp that is being discussed in public forums throughout Plumas County. Ten months after attaining independence from the Oakland based Peralta College District, Feather River College held formal ceremonies honoring assemblyman Stan Statham who helped make the split possible. Feather River College is the 71st community college district in the state of California. Lessons learned in the checkout line The woman in front of me at the checkout line had been struggling with a temperamental toddler. I smiled and said, "I remember those days," but clearly, in the throes of the moment she didn't care. Just as the cashier was about to wrap up her order, she said, "I want one balloon." "What color?" "I don't care," she responded. "We need a balloon," the cashier called to someone in the floral department. "What color?" asked the balloon lady as she approached the checkout stand. "She doesn't care," said the cashier nodding to the mother who was with what appeared to be a 3-year-old girl and her older sister. My budding annoyance at the delay turned to curiosity. What color would the balloon lady choose? I automatically thought pink or purple. They were girls after all. But was that stereotypical and predictable? Maybe, but my girls at 3 would deffmitely have gone with either of those colors. Maybe she would choose red, or yellow, or blue -- the bright, primary colors of childhood -- or maybe green or orange. A minute later the balloon lady arrived, having chosen none of the above and instead handed the little girl a white balloon. Immediately, I went into my "you've got to be kidding" mode. Of all the colors she had to choose from, why white? "Obviously she doesn't know kids," my judgmental self thought, followed by "or she simply doesn't care." As I relayed the exchange to a co-worker, she said, "Maybe she just grabbed the first of patience on several occasions. I read somewhere that you never know what another individual is going through at any moment, so you need to act accordingly and cut them some slack. For example, maybe an absentminded office assistant has a sick child at home, or maybe the driver who just switched lanes without warning has just been diagnosed with cancer. MY TURN I often employ this technique behind the ....................................................................... wheel. When I am behind someone who is DEBRA MOORE Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com balloon at random." Maybe she did. At this point, I probably should have moved on, and you're probably thinking that I should get a life. But her choice still intrigued me. Maybe it was a random act. Maybe she really likes white. Maybe she has a fond memory of white balloons from a special occasion. Maybe she is newly engaged and dreaming of her white wedding. Maybe it represents the purity of a young child's heart.., or... Maybe I do need to get a life. But what I really need is to be less inclined to make snap judgments of people. I have a few character flaws; well, probably more than a few, but there are two I care to share today: impatience and a rush to judgment, both of which I experienced in that checkout line. As I waited for the purchase in front of me to conclude, I felt the pangs of impatience. My daughters have chastised me for my lack puttering along, I pretend my dad is the driver. I wouldn't want anyone tailgating or glaring at him as they passed. I'm also working on my proclivity to judge people too quickly, as with the balloon lady. This is especially true with men. I have an aversion to pomposity and arrogance, and at the first hint of either, write them off as windbags. But that isn't fair. Everyone has a story and reasons for their behavior, and when I suppress my initial reaction, I find qualities to appreciate. The problem with sharing personal information in this column is that readers hold you accountable. When I wrote about the merits of the paleo diet, I found the contents of my shopping cart being scrutinized. "The crackers and cookies are for my pregnant daughter," I tell the man behind me in the checkout line after he notes that neither is allowed on the paleo eating plan. Now I was the one being judged. Who knew that the checkout line is a place to pick up valuable life lessons along with a quart of milk? (And no, milk isn't paleo.) t