by: Eleana Butler
The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent it. By working together and pooling our resources during the month of April, we can highlight sexual violence as a major public health, human rights, and social justice issue and reinforce the need for prevention efforts. The theme chosen this year for our community is “Break the Silence on Sexual Violence!”
Sexual assault is the least reported crime to law enforcement for many reasons, mainly because victims are afraid they won’t be believed or that they will be blamed for the assault. Silence keeps a community in the dark about the amount of sexual assault and violence that occurs. The numbers are shocking: every 2 minutes someone in the US is sexually assaulted – this is over 200,000 victims per year. 44% of victims are under the age of 18, and 80% are under the age of 30. Approximately 2/3 of assaults are committed by someone known to the victim.
Join in and help Break the Silence on Sexual Violence!
A list of this month’s events is located on the Community Events page.