Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Teal crossed ribbon: April is sexual assault awareness month.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is observed in April. This month allows us to raise public awareness about the dangers of sexual violence and ways to prevent it. Sexual Assault is one of the most prevalent ongoing social issues, affecting men and women of all ages.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is observed in April. This month allows us to raise public awareness about the dangers of sexual violence and ways to prevent it. Sexual Assault is one of the most prevalent ongoing social issues, affecting men and women of all ages.

According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, RAINN, an American is sexually assaulted every 68 seconds. In addition, more than half of all reported assaults happened at or near the victim’s home.

Despite these alarming statistics, rape is still the most under-reported crime. In fact, 63% of sexual assaults are not reported. And only 6% of all rapes result in the perpetrator being incarcerated. Holding abusers accountable will reduce the statistics on sexual violence, but this won’t change until the laws do too. Even if you are not a victim, each of us has a unique role in preventing violence.

Raising awareness and talking about sexual violence reduces the negative stigma. It also allows us to establish a culture of respect, quality, safety, and accountability. Our words shape the world around us, and our voices hold power in how we talk about sexual violence matters and play a key role in preventing it.

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.