April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (#SAAM)

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (#SAAM)

Every two minutes, someone in this country is sexually assaulted. On average there are 207,754 victims of rape and sexual assault each year.

This April, join us in acknowledging and promoting Sexual Assault Awareness Month. All across the country, people are taking a stand and promoting the prevention of sexual violence through educational speaker series, campaigns, online days of action and other events.

One of the most common misconceptions about sexual violence is that it involves a stranger. In reality, among female rape victims for example, 51.1% of perpetrators are reported to be intimate partners and 40.8% are acquaintances.

In a relationship that may be displaying signs of abuse, it’s not unlikely that sexual abuse or sexual coercion may be present. Like physical violence, sexual violence helps a batterer gain a sense of power and control. Sexual assault is any nonconsensual sexual act, physical or verbal, that goes against the victim’s will. It almost always involves a use of threat or force.

Coercion can take on many different forms. EX: Making a partner feel obligated to have sex (“Sex is the way you prove your love for me”) or reproductive coercion (tampering with or withholding birth control; pressuring you to become pregnant).

Have you or someone you know experienced any of the signs mentioned above? Call The Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE to speak confidentially with an advocate. We can help you learn more about healthy relationships, consent, and types of coercion. We can safety plan with you at any stage, whether you’re questioning something going on, experiencing ongoing abuse, or otherwise.

You can also call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center at 1-877-739-3895, or use RAINN’s Online Hotline.

Educate Your Community

Advocate at your local school for further education about healthy relationships. Speak at a board meeting and hold an informational meeting with parents, teachers and others interested in the issue.

Discuss consent – with your children, with your family, with your partner. The absence of a “No” never equals a “Yes.”

Speak Out Against Sexual Violence

Make your voice heard. Join #SAAM Tweet Ups every Tuesday of the month for different discussions about child sexual abuse prevention and how adults can promote healthy development.

Donate your social media accounts to the cause. Visit the National Sexual Violence Resource Center for downloadable logos, posters and images for Twitter and Facebook, education tools and other resources.

Volunteer at your local rape crisis center.

Read More

AAUW: Sexual Harassment

RAINN: Get Information

1 in 6: Info for Men

SAFER: Info about Campus Sexual Assault

Circle of 6 App: Healthy Relationships Toolkit

Men Can Stop Rape: Get Information

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  1. I posted this on my facebook page for the world, as well as the abuser to see. I posted this storey in their as well….. Here is my fb status as well as the story.

    Earlier today I posted in the group. I am aware that most people that thought they knew me and even those who knew nothing of me, had several different reactions. I didn’t post it for sympathy because I am not a victim, I am a SURVIVOR. If I didnt want the world to see it, I wouldnt have posted it. Please, PLEASE do talk about this. I want people, especially Mother’s with daughters to inform their child of the dangers of the world. I MEANT EVERY WORD I SAID, AS WELL AS SO MUCH MORE. LADIES I ENCOURAGE YOU TO NOT BE AFRAID OR ASHAMED TO SHARE WHAT YOU’VE BEEN THROUGH. EVERY TRIAL AND TIRBULATION IS A TESTIMONY AND YOUR STORY MAY HELP SOMEONE ELSE. I don’t care if a single person beleives me or not. 7 years later, I am finally able to share my story with the world. HERE IS WHAT I POSTED : First and foremost let me say this: On my daughter, I will not respond or comment to anything that is wrote under this status! I hope and pray that [he] lays his lies on SUPER THICK so that you believe him and not me. There is no need to tag me, add me, or message me because this is ALL I have to say! When you speak the truth, no further action is needed
    I’m sure [he] has been preparing for this moment for a long time now. He made sure he kept the messages looking good for the group. He declined my request I made myself. I told him to add me to the group again because I’ve made a new page. Be sure to screenshot your hearts away because I am deactivating this page again. Anyway let me get to the point of my story. Everyone seems to have one about DaWheelchair Bully so let me tell you mine. In 2006 I was home on break. I had hung out on about 3 occassions and yes, sex was involved. Protected and no oral from either party since yall love details. So this why I found what happened so deeply disturbing. I met a homeboy of is at Fast Eddies. I was 18 at the time so his friend bought me a few drinks. What he did to the drinks, I discovered the next day when they dropped me off at my sister’s house(without a bra or underwear) the next day. The LAST thing I remember is leaving Fast Eddies, how I pulled over the car to ride with them and what they did to me, I will never know. Because of this happening to me, not knowing what actually did occur I admitted myself to the 5th floor. And being the sick individual he is even came to visit me. That was of course to avoid any legal problems. I guess he thought I was to ashamed or embarrassed to speak on this but I’m not. I held EXTREME anger and rage in my heart for years and I am beyond over it. I use to assault him anytime and anyplace I happened to see him. He even tried to touch my stomach when I was pregnant in the emergency room (2007).
    I know a man named Jesus Christ!! Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. (Psalms 55:22) I had to forgive in order to be forgiven. When I head he was in ICU, I called so I could get the room number and go pull the plug. Thank God he was registered under a different name because I would be in prison now. I don’t know what the psychological term is that he has in which the attacker feels no remorse for his actions and after time passes continues to torment the victim (jokes, laughs, and sarcasm) I know what happened without hearing a single story or knowing the girl that is serving time because of [him]. It’s quite sickening that she would even communicate with [him] but once again, she has problems of her own due to the years of mental abuse and the fake acts of compassion. She actually probably still loves him in a disturbed, twisted kind way. I pray that she actively seeks God and is delivered.
    Why tell this? I am not ashamed of my past because it made me who I am today. It may help someone else. So parents please talk to your children about the dangers of underage drinking, not watching your drink, and wanting to be “grown” too soon. I’m no longer mad, I’m blessed. I am going to write a book one day telling the world the story of my life so I can tell the world why I am so glad that I don’t look like what I’ve been through. Lastly, if you think he is actually wheelchair bound, think again. Have a blessed day everyone.

    1. Hi Martina,

      Thanks so much for sharing with our blog community. It takes a lot of courage to speak out and reach out after a traumatic event of sexual assault. It sounds like a lot has been going on and you do not have to face any of this alone. At the HOTLINE you can speak with an advocate about what has happened and they can help guide you to a local referral that may be able to help long term. Please feel free to reach out to 1-800-799-7233. The HOTLINE is available 24/7 and is completely anonymous and confidential.

      I removed some identifying information from this post. Please refer to our community guidelines if you have any questions about this.


  2. We have a newly formed DV Survivor Support Group in Excelsior Springs Missouri as a Survivor myself I am CEO and Founder for The Over the Rainbow Program I am in need of a mentor of sorts to help guide me a little in this process of Development. We have a host site for the Group and I have a Facebook Page but as a Volunteer right now I am seeking funding sources and any insight I can get at this juncture. Please visit The Over the Rainbow Program on Facebook or u can msg me personally although my Degree Major is Human and Social Service Administration BS pending 3 credits I found myself a victim of Assault, DV by Proxy, Verbal, Financial, Emotional, and even Sexual abuse over the past four years I know the whole cycle inside and out so it is my passion to get this up and going funding, support from organizations, Law Enforcement Agencies etc/ It now my time to take control of my destiny through establishing this Non-Profit Venture Thank you in advance for any feedback

  3. This website has helped me get away from my abuser but, it took me about 4 times to really make up my mind to truly leave i kept coming back to him because i felt that it was only verbal not physical what helped me make up my mind to leave for good was the livelihood we both shared my partner was happy but i wasnt and there was alot of doubts he placed in my mind such as everything that was associated with the household was spent by my income while his money went to his various interests.

    I was also cooking and cleaning and taking care of his various health elements which had him in and out of the hospital frequently i was always tired and upset there was no communication between us he was greedy i had to barter for everything even sometimes beg for decent rights his reaction was one of a childish temper tantrum ignorance and scorn he didnt want nothing out of life and wanted me to be the same everything and everyone came before me.
    He even had things placed into my life that were relationship breakers which was disgusted before the relationship even begun when i mentioned these things to him he acted like it was no big deal .
    i had to get a backbone and finally leave it was hard and very scary but i think god i did if i hadnt i would have been an emotional basketcase.
    I took stock of my life and decided that it was better to leave the situation once and for all and never return or communicate with him again that it was ok to be me and i realized that no one has to take being cheated on, internet porn, disrespect, and exhausted finances.
    i am now free and happy because i am worth it

    1. Antha,

      Thank you for sharing your journey with our blog readers. I am sure that hearing how strong your were to say “enough”, leave, and be free will be greatly appreciated by those who are going through similar situations. You are worth it, as is any individual who wants to live a life free from abuse. I am happy you had our website and blog as support. All the best to you.


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