Closing out Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Each year in April we declare the month as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). SAAM is about both awareness and prevention of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. It is important to include both awareness and prevention because it’s impossible to prevent something no one knows about, and it’s difficult to make people aware of a problem without providing some pathway for a solution.
What do I do after an assault?
In an ideal world, we would never even have to talk about sexual assault. However, we don’t live in that world, but instead our statistics show that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience some form of sexual assault in their lifetime.
Child sexual abuse
In addition to April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, it is also recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Each year we like to share information to help bring awareness to the issue.
The statistics on the sexual abuse of children are shocking.
Have you ever felt that it’s hard to really know what to say or do whenever someone you care about is hurting? Many people will tell you that after a death of a loved one they are quickly inundated with people wanting to help, but within days, those that offered comfort have faded away.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2023
Every April recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year’s theme promotes Drawing Connections stating that Prevention Demands Equity.