Prevention is Possible: Sexual Assault Awareness Month
The countdown is on! Only six more days before Sexual Assault Awareness Month begins. What a great opportunity for us all to put our focus on such an important topic. Let’s all join together to recognize the strength and courage of sexual assault victims and survivors, partner with each other to make our resources stronger and focus energy in sexual assault prevention.
Let’s start with defining what sexual assault is. Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact that is unwanted. This includes unwanted sexual actions and/or words against a person’s will and without their consent.
Who does sexual assault affect? It affects all genders, ages, races, religions, incomes, abilities, professional, ethnicities and sexual orientations. Nearly 1 in 5 women in America and 1 in 71 men have experienced rape or attempted rape.
Below are some important points to remember about sexual assault:
- Often times victims know the person who sexually assaulted them. Nearly 74% of adolescents who have been a victim of sexual assault were victimized by someone they knew.
- Victims are never at fault. It does not matter what someone is wearing or how they are acting, victims are never to blame.
- Help is available.
- Sexual violence is preventable.
Let’s take some time to focus on these last two points. Iowa has a statewide sexual assault hotline where advocates are available 24/7 to listen and to help. To learn more about the Sexual Assault Hotline, visit their website at https://isah.uiowa.edu/. Their phone number is 1-800-284-7821.
Sexual assault is preventable. Prevention starts with each one of us believing victims and survivors and challenging those who choose to blame the victim. Will YOU choose to be part of the solution?
To learn more about sexual assault and how you can play a role in sexual assault prevention visit www.nsvrc.org.
As always our Helpline Advocates are available 24/7. Call us at 1.800.770.1650.
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