Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Nationwide, 81% of women and 43% of men reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment and/or assault in their lifetime.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)
5 reasons we need to bring awareness to this growing issue:
Raise Awareness: SAAM helps to raise awareness about the prevalence of sexual assault and the impact it has on survivors. This awareness can help reduce stigma, encourage survivors to seek help and help prevent sexual assault by promoting education and prevention.
Education: SAAM provides an opportunity to educate the public about sexual violence and its effects. This includes educating people about what sexual assault is, how to recognize it, how to prevent it, and how to support survivors.
Advocacy: SAAM can also be a platform for advocates to raise awareness about policies and programs that benefit survivors of sexual assault. This includes advocating for changes in laws and policies that support survivors and hold perpetrators accountable for their actions. Advocacy site: National Sexual Assault Violence Resource Center
Support: SAAM provides an opportunity to support survivors of sexual assault and let them know they are not alone. This can help survivors feel validated, empowered, and less isolated. Support site: NAMI.org and the National Sexual Assault Hotline:1-800-656-4673
Prevention: SAAM promotes prevention efforts, such as consent education and bystander intervention training. These efforts can help to create a culture of respect and safety where sexual assault is less likely to occur.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month is important because it raises awareness about sexual assault, educates the public, advocates for survivors, provide support, and promotes prevention efforts. By bringing attention to this critical issue, we can work towards creating a safer and more supportive world for survivors of sexual assault.