Staind Front man Aaron Lewis stood up for a young teen at Saturday’s concert in Kansas City, Missouri. During crowd surfing a young girl was picked up and some individuals in the audience inappropriately touched her. Staind singer Lewis stopped mid song with no warning and went on a minute rant about how he was disgusted by the display. He even went as far as to say if he saw it again, he would point the individuals out and let others beat on them. The crowd cheered him on with approval of his speech. Police in Kansas City were eager to investigate, but as of yet the victim has yet to come forward.
As seen in the video he puts a stop to what is going on immediately, while the rant may not have been the best way to handle it, the fans in the audience quite clearly approve. The Staind front man is not the only celebrity standing up for young teens and abuse victims in general. Some of the top celebrities against rape and sexual abuse are Ashton Kutcher, Dr. Phil, Ellen DeGeneres, Mariska Hargitay and many more. Across the U.S. many are making a stand to show their disgust, by supporting such causes as Look To The Stars and RAINN(Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network). Another way people are showing support is by forming petition letters against those who have been assaulted.
Sexual assault is a growing problem in the U.S. and 44 percent assaulted are under the age of eighteen, while 80 percent are under the age of thirty. Every two minutes this is occurring with over 200.000 cases yearly. Sixty percent of victims do not report the crime, so it should come as no surprise that the victim has yet to come forward in this instance. Many victims feel fear, guilt and shame, which causes the victim to not want to report it for fear of repercussions. The victim may even feel that since they put themselves in that situation it was their fault.
There are many adverse after-affects of sexual assault including, but not limited to PTSD(post traumatic stress disorder), depression, substance abuse, sleep disorders, eating disorders, self-harm, suicide, and even flashbacks. This one of the reasons it is important for someone to stand up for young teens and adults who are seen being sexually assaulted like the front man of Staind did at their concert in Kansas City, Missouri. When those who are in a higher power has the chance to stand up for those being assaulted many times they do not and continue to allow it to occur or never report the incident. These individuals could be considered to be at fault just as much as the assaulter for standing by and doing nothing at all. Let us hope in the future men like the front man of Staind stand up for young teens everywhere. So, this growing epidemic is finally put to a stop once and for all.
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Opinion by Heather Tillman