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Radio Smart Talk: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 16, 2013 8:54 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, April 16:

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Marilyn Van Derbur was Miss America in 1958.  Ms. Van Derbur came from a well known and highly respected family in Denver, Colorado.  For years after winning her title, she appeared on numerous television programs and became one of the nation's best known and most requested speakers.

But Marilyn Van Derbur had a secret -- one that she didn't reveal publicly for decades.  She had been sexually violated by her father from the time she was five years old until she was 18.

In her best-selling book -- Miss America by Day -- Van Derbur describes how the sexual abuse affected almost every facet of her life both physically and mentally.

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As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Marilyn Van Derbur appears on Tuesday's Radio Smart Talk to discuss her life and sexual abuse.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is designed to bring attention to and promote a discussion on sexual assault.

Also joining the conversation will be Laura Palumbo, Prevention Campaign Specialist with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center; Kristen Houser, Vice President of Communications & Development with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape; and Jennifer Storm, the Executive Director of the Dauphin County Victim/Witness Assistance Program, author of three books and a rape survivor.


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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-04-16 08:34

    E-mail from Dmitriy:

    "I am listening to your great show and wondering where those statistics can be found. Everyone seems to repeat this 1/3 rape and assault numbers without ever citing the source. Can you ask your experts to point me to some primary data source?"

  • Robert D Colgan img 2013-04-16 08:37

    Just as in photography, the focus we use in looking at something determines how we see it.

    If we look at sexual assault as "violation of a person's primacy of their body boundary" (no volitional consent given) it becomes far more obvious that sexual assault occurs in dating, in families, in marriages-----and the prevalence of assault leaves virtually no females unharmed.
    Forget the statistics: it's closer to 100% who are harmed.
    The difference is only in the severity of the trauma induced, and its repercussions.

  • TNixon img 2013-04-16 08:41

    1-800-654-1211 Local Crisis number in Dauphin County. 24/7-Confidential Services.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-04-16 08:49

    E-mail from S.:

    "Marilyn's book helped me realize that my assault (which stopped short of rape) still was trauma resulting in physical problems, depression, etc. I discounted this for years as it wasn't rape but have discovered the source of my shame and pain."

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