Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Trigger warning: post talks about sexual violence

By: Alexandra de Leon Date: April 21st, 2021

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual violence can have psychological, emotional, and physical effects on a survivor. Listen. Believe. Support. #SAAM

From the National Sexual Violence Resource Center:

“Sexual violence happens in every community and affects people of all genders and ages. Sexual violence is any type of unwanted sexual contact. This includes words and actions of a sexual nature against a person’s will and without their consent. A person may use force, threats, manipulation, or coercion to commit sexual violence.”

Everyone is affected by Sexual Violence

  • Every 73 seconds an American is sexually assaulted.
  • Approximately 1 in 5 women experience completed or attempted rape in their lifetime.
  • 1 out of every 10 rape victims are male.
  • Nearly 50% of trans people are sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
  • 40% of gay men and 47% of bisexual men have experienced sexual violence.

“It takes a lot for someone to share they are experiencing sexual violence. Be supportive. Believe them and take what they are saying seriously,” HIPRC Postdoctoral Scholar, Avanti Adhia, ScD says. 

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