MOORE — As many as 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 7 boys will be sexually abused at some point in their childhood. No More in Moore, advocate group for the prevention of sexual assault, wants to change these haunting numbers by encouraging sexual assault education in the Moore school district.
The group believes Moore Public Schools are not a safe environment as long as students find racism and rape jokes funny and think sexual assault prevention is unnecessary, said Felicia Jarvis, group leader and Moore High School alum.
Jarvis said she was inspired to start the group during sexual assault awareness month in April when she recalled the lack of education she received about the topic of consent while she was a Moore High School student.
“My passion comes from hearing people talk and joke about it and knowing how that hurts people who are victims of sexual assault. ... Just because it’s uncomfortable to address doesn’t mean it’ll go away,” Jarvis said.
Since starting No More in Moore, Jarvis has worked to set up a meeting with Moore Public Schools’ high school principals. Jarvis said she has emailed administration multiple times without a response but that the group was gaining support within the community.
More than 70 Moore community members and students joined Jarvis on Monday at a Moore Public Schools Board of Education meeting.
Jarvis said she was happy to finally have the group’s message heard and educating the school board on how the school district can implement sexual assault education as soon as the 2014-15 school year.
“I hope they acknowledge it’s a problem and make it a priority,” she said.
In a survey of high school students, 56 percent of girls and 76 percent of boys believed forced sex (rape) was acceptable under some circumstances, Jarvis said. In Oklahoma, the rate of rape and attempted rape among females reported to law enforcement has been 35 to 45 percent higher than the national rate for the past decade.