My name is Michayla Owens. I’m sixteen years old, and I attend Columbia High School in Mississippi. I was fifteen when I was sexually assaulted by two boys at the high school.
The sexual assault took place on November 11th, 2012 after a positive incentive trip for good students at Columbia High School. It happened right on school grounds, in one of the school bathrooms. After the field trip, the bus returned us to the school. After getting off the bus, I entered the building. I was forced into a
This is still going on to this day. I have to eat in the restroom, and hide at break time in the bathroom. I’m scared and I wish this could all be over. Everyone hates me and they call me names like useless, easy, hoe, slut, liar, fat, and more. Sometimes I question myself and wonder if maybe it was my fault, BUT IT WAS NOT MY FAULT. People ask why I didn’t scream… well I was so scared, and I didn’t want to get them in trouble because they were my friends. I was embarrassed, and didn’t want the boys to turn the situation around. I would never in a million years think (as a fifteen year old at the time) that my teenage friends would do something like this. It's not okay to force sex on a girl when she clearly doesn’t want it. I made it clear to these boys that I didn’t want to engage in any sexual activities with them. People need to understand the facts about sexual violence and guidance should be provided to children before they enter high school. It is very important to me to do whatever I can to stop this from happening to others. I would hope no other girl ever has to go through what I have.
I've reported to the Principal many times about kids harassing me every day, and there hasn't been any consequences for any of them. I feel like I have been charged with a crime, instead of the other way around. I am not being offered any protection from the continuing abuse. Bullying is very serious, and can ruin a child’s life.
My family and I have been affected by this in so many tragic ways. I have so much anger inside because of the
It should be required that every young student should be respectfully educated on the topic of sexual violence before they enter high school. I am also petitioning for Columbia Public Schools to make policy guidelines stating that once a student is justly reported for bullying three times, the corrective measures must include a minimum suspension of 3 days. We need better policies in schools against bullying. I hope you will take action.
Please sign my petition to help me fight back against bullying and sexual assault at