April Is Sexual Assault Awareness Month


my sister's placeApril is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and this year’s campaign focuses on ways that individuals, communities, and businesses can prevent sexual violence. In the United States, sexual violence is a widespread problem: nearly one in five women and one in 71 men are victims of sexual assault (Black et al., 2011), though all of us are impacted by sexual violence.

In addition to the effects on survivors and their families, the effects of this violent crime can create a cultural climate of fear, anger, and disbelief. Sexual violence also generates criminal justice, medical, and crisis and mental health expenses. The impact of sexual violence effects everybody.

The good news? Sexual violence in preventable, and everyone has a role to play in creating safe, equitable, and respectful communities. “Spring is a great time to remember that so many things—from small flowers to enormous trees—start with just one tiny seed,” says…

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