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By March 31, 2021October 28th, 2021Sex Abuse

Make a difference during Sexual Assault Awareness Month!

Right now, as you read this blog, someone in the US is being sexually assaulted.One in five women will be raped at some point in their lives.

Last year alone, 33,648 Americans 12 and older were sexually assaulted or raped. And 60,000 children were victims of sexual abuse.

Yes, sexual violence is rampant, not only in this country, but around the world. Statistically, chances are good you are either a survivor of sexual assault or you know someone who is.

A Case For Women invites you to join us as we connect with our community during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).

SAAM is an annual campaign to raise awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent these abhorrent acts of violence and coercion. Together, we can make a difference!

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault includes any sexual behavior that is against the will of another person – often through manipulation, force or coercion

Types of sexual assault include rape, sexual battery, child sexual abuse, incest, same-sex assault, and sexual harassment and often have devastating long-term effects on a victim’s life. This includes not only depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress but also physical manifestations such as high blood pressure and sleep loss. Sexual violence also affects victims’ relationship with their family, friends and co-workers.

Sexual violence can happen to anyone–  and often when least expected

  • 48% of survivors were sleeping, or performing another activity at home
  • 29% were traveling to and from work or school, or traveling to shop or run errands
  • 12% were working
  • 7% were attending school
  • 5% were doing an unknown or other activity

Think there’s nothing we can do about it? Think again. Sexual assault awareness relies on people who have made a choice to do something and get involved.

Don’t mind your own business – be an involved bystander!

If you see something that isn’t right, it probably isn’t. You, as a bystander, have the opportunity to act and change the outcome by safely stepping in. This can be something as small has calling out sexist language as offensive, or as big as calling the police when witnessing an act of sexual violence.

20 ways you can help stop these heinous acts of violence:

  1. 1. Educate yourself on violence against women by learning the facts
  2. 2. Know that sexual violence is about power and control
  3. 3. Call for legislation and funding that would support survivors
  4. 4. Speak out against images of violence against women in advertising, pornography and other forms of media
  5. 5. Understand that sexual violence affects us all
  6. 6. Believe survivors
  7. 7. Don’t blame victims
  8. 8. Know that sexual violence can be a form of domestic violence
  9. 9. Learn how to take action if you witness a violent act
  10. 10. Support women and men working to end sexual violence by volunteering your time, donating money, and/or lobbying legislators
  11. 11. Hold your friends accountable when they disrespect women and girls
  12. 12. Speak out against racist, sexist or homophobic jokes
  13. 13. Applaud others who speak out against violence and oppression
  14. 14. Teach kids that respect is the minimum in a relationship and lead by example
  15. 15. Know that most sex offenders aren’t strangers (86% are known to the victim)
  16. 16. Stop others from taking advantage of someone who is intoxicated
  17. 17. Call for help if you witness an act of violence
  18. 18. Don’t let your drink out of our sight, even for a few seconds
  19. 19. Avoid buying music that glorifies sexual violence
  20. 20. Recognize that sexual violence will not end until men become part of the solution

For a daily calendar of creative ways to raise awareness, educate and connect with others visit the NSVRC website.

“It’s a beautiful thing, to be a survivor of something so heinous.”

Samantha Moore, Survivor