Rebecca Weybright

HPIM3116 TV SHOW GUEST. 12.07.2013. REVEALING WOMEN’S SECRETS. Rebecca Weybright has been the executive director of SARA, the Sexual Assault Resource Agency, since October 2012. She has worked in the nonprofit field for over 20 years and worked previously as the executive director of the Charlottesville Free Clinic and the Community Children’s Dental Center. She also worked as the public education coordinator for the YWCA Women’s Advocacy program, providing information and training about sexual and domestic violence, and as the associate director for Virginians Aligned Against Sexual Assault, a statewide coalition of sexual assault programs.

Ms. Weybright is a regular volunteer for Book Buddies, working with 1st graders who need help with their reading skills, and is secretary for the Leadership Charlottesville Alumni Association. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

One out of every 6 American women has been the victim or rape or attempted rape in her lifetime. Yet, many women never talk about having been a victim of sexual violence. The reasons why are multiple, but often women don’t share this “secret,” because they fear a negative response.

Victims of sexual assault are 3 times more likely to suffer from depression, 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol, and 26 times more likely to abuse drugs. A positive response to a rape survivor can change these statistics. Support from family and friends can decrease symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and increase the likelihood of women getting assistance from community resources.

This talk will include information about ways to help women feel more supported. This should improve outcomes for victims, may provide ways to hold more offenders accountable, and offer options for prevention.