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

For 2022:

Harborview Abuse & Trauma Center (HATC) is partnering with local coffee shops in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  These local businesses will help us raise awareness about our services, and how people can promote consent. Thank you for checking out our website to learn how you can get involved. For a complete list of partnerships and more information, visit HATC’s website.

Courtesy: Harborview Abuse & Trauma Center| UW Medicine

FREE STICKERS! FREE POSTCARDS!   Visit your local coffee shop to get them while supplies last.  Participating Coffee Shops:

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.