April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Prevention is Possible sexual assault awareness month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

SAAMThere is an average of 237,868 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year. (via RAINN.org, U.S. Department of Justice. National Crime Victimization Survey. 2008-2012.)

Nearly 1 in 10 women in the United States (9.4%) has been raped by an intimate partner in her lifetime. (via NoMore.org)

1 in 6 men has experienced sexual abuse before age 18. (via 1in6.org)

The statistics are sobering, but as with all forms of abuse, they only tell us part of the story. There are countless instances of sexual assault and abuse that go unreported. It’s important to remember that while sexual assault happens disproportionately to females, anyone can be a victim.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), during which activists from all over the nation seek to raise awareness about sexual violence and educate individuals and communities about how to end it. This effort requires many voices – including yours! There are several ways you can get involved, and here are just a few:

If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault and you need someone to talk to, contact the hotline 24/7 at 1-800-799-7233 or chat online Monday through Friday, 9am-7pm CST. All contact is free, anonymous, and confidential.

Other resources:

National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE

National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at online.rainn.org

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  1. I write to tell u a story about my situation. I am in a domestic shelter a safe house and was assaulted by someone. i believe it was a staff member but i never seen her before. I asked several time to talk with someone or an advocate and they were too busy. i got fed up over the whole ordeal. i blurred out what happen to me and called coorperate and now they want to write a report. the incident happen in the morning it is now later in the evening. i was grab pushed and excorted in the house. i have marks on my arm from this staff. What do i do? everyone will try to cover their butt in this. How do i handle this without getting kicked out.

    1. Hi Me,

      Thank you for reaching out and sharing your story with us. Having someone violate your boundaries and assault you is very traumatic and never acceptable. There is nothing that could make it ok for someone to treat you that way. You have a right to speak up and take the steps you feel you need to protect yourself and report what happened. If you would like to talk with an advocate about your options and help you find other resources in your area we are always here to help. You can chat an advocate from 7am to 2am CST and reachable 24/7 at 1-800-799-7233.

      Take Care,

      Hotline Advocate LC

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  3. I am sexually abused by bullies in the neighborhood. They harassed me, stole from me, and now they rape me. I do see a counselor and am selling my house, but the process that will lead me to a safe environment seems lengthy and I am afraid of suffering more losses. People seem to stay away from me, or do not want to be involved. If I rent my house they may cause damages and if I leave I will not have enough income to support to homes. Discussing the issue with any of them leads to arguments. What other defense mechanisms might help in my plight to get away? I have been in my house for over 40 years. I do not want to be here any longer how cheap should I be willing to sell to get away? I do not have other prospects or means of economic freedom. HELP!

    1. Stacey,

      Thank you for reaching out to our blog community. It sounds like so much is going on and like this has been a very dangerous situation. I encourage you to give us a call at 1800-799-7233 to talk through the situation and brainstorm some possible options. Because we are the National Domestic Violence Hotline we are not able to give financial advice but we may be able to talk about other strategies to stay safe. Advocates are available 24/7 and your call will be completely anonymous and confidential.

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