Raising Awareness on Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault Awareness Month logoApril is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it.

Sexual assault is a serious and widespread problem. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center reports that nearly 1 in 5 women in the United States have experienced rape or attempted rape in their lives, and 1 in 67 American men have experienced rape or attempted rape. Anyone can experience sexual violence, including children, teens, adults and seniors.

The good news is that prevention is possible, and it’s happening. Individuals, communities and the private sector are already successfully combating the risk of sexual violence through conversations, programs, policies and research-based tools that promote safety, respect and equality. By promoting safe behaviors, thoughtful policies and healthy relationships, we can create safe and equitable communities where every person is treated with respect.

SAAM is celebrating its 17th anniversary with the theme “Embrace Your Voice” to help individuals understand how they can use their words and take action to promote safety, respect and equality to stop sexual assault before it happens.

We all have a unique role to play in prevention and changing the culture. When we reflect on and change how we think and talk about the issue of sexual violence, we can create a culture of respect, equality and safety. All of our voices have power. Our words shape the world around us. How we talk about sexual violence matters.

Learn the facts and “Embrace Your Voice”! If you or someone you know has witnessed or been the victim of sexual violence, please call 911 and the National Sexual Assault Network at 1-800-656-HOPE.

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