FROM the Teal Lotus Project Website:
Every two minutes somewhere in America someone is being sexually assaulted. Approximately 2/3 of sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim. One in every four girls and one in every six boys will be sexually abused before their eighteenth birthday. College age women are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted.
My name is Tasia and I was sexually abused from ages 4-11 and raped in college when I was 20 years old. The Teal Lotus Project is based on spreading awareness by sharing my story, that in turn opens the door for others to come forward and start their own journey of healing. Telling & sharing our stories, knowing we are not alone, makes a difference.
A Nebraska woman who was sexually abused as a child, and then assaulted as a college student is sharing her story.
In addition to speaking to different organizations she is also taking her message to Facebook and the web in an effort to help others.
Tasia Aden is a student at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
She is studying to be a therapist and wants to help sexual trauma survivors.
"Through my healing process I found that new confidence and strength. I feel stronger than I ever have," said Sexual Assault Survivor Tasia Aden.
When she was 20 her ex boyfriend sexually assaulted her, growing up it was a family member that sexually abused her, but she says she is taking those negative experiences and is making a positive out of them by bringing awareness.
In 2010 when she started talking about her sexual abuse, thats when she founded the Teal Lotus Project.
"I go around to high schools and to colleges to talk about my story. I also let survivors talk about theirs too. Every event there is someone that comes up to me that shares the same story,' said Aden.
Aden shared that story with students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Monday night.
Her friends and class mates say they support what she is trying to do.
"Until you actually hear the story from a person that is close to you, it doesn't hit home," said UNK Student Morgan Behle.
Behle says college girls are four times more likely to be assaulted.
"And it could be anyone, it could be a friend of yours it could be a family member, someone you have class with," said Behle.
She says thas why it's important for Aden to share her message of awareness and keep talking about it.
"Basically I am just a big promoter on your story matters don't let anyone silence you. If you have experienced trauma it doesn't mean that you can't talk about it," said Aden.