Every two (2) minutes, in this nation a person is sexually assaulted. Forty-four percent of the victims of sexual assault are under the age of 18. Eighty percent of the victims are under the age of 30. April is national Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) as recognition of the prevalence of: this public health issue and resources available to prevent sexual abuse. The overarching goals of Sexual Assault Awareness Month are to raise public awareness about the prevalence of sexual violence and to educate communities and people on how to prevent this pressing public health issue. Each day, people witness a continuum of behaviors that range from being respectful and safe, to sexually abusive and violent.
This year’s national Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign explores common, everyday behaviors and offers individuals viable, responsible ways to intervene. This primary prevention approach helps to create environments where people are safe in their relationships, families, neighborhoods, schools, work places and communities. This year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month brings together resources and information, thus offering everyone the opportunity to address behaviors before sexual violence occurs.
For further information about sexual assault, resources, and sexual assault month activities, you can visit the websites of the organizations listed in the source section of this post including but not limited to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).
Source(s): National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey. 1998. U.S. Department of Justice. 2003 National Crime Victimization Survey. 2003. U.S. Department of Justice. 2004 National Crime Victimization Survey. 2004. 1998 Commonwealth Fund Survey of the Health of Adolescent Girls. 1998. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. 1995 Child Maltreatment Survey. 1995. U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. 2000 Sexual Assault of Young Children as Reported to Law Enforcement. 2000. World Health Organization. 2002. U.S. Department of Justice. 2005 National Crime Victimization Survey. 2005.
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