April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and this year’s theme is “Embrace Your Voice.” Between the Harvey Weinstein revelations, the #MeToo campaign, and the Time’s Up movement, we have watched survivors and allies all over the globe embrace their voices over the past few months in an important conversation around sexual harassment, assault, and abuse. It’s important to remember however, that there are many who will choose never to share their stories, and that’s okay, too. Embracing your voice around sexual assault can happen in so many ways, whether it’s calling out offensive “locker room talk” that normalizes sexual assault, guiding a friend to appropriate resources in a time of need, or simply practicing good consent strategies with your sexual partners. It’s important that we all work to fight sexual assault in whatever way we feel capable, big or small.
Join us tomorrow, Wednesday, April 11, at 1 p.m. Central on our Twitter account (@ndvh) as we take part in a Sexual Assault Awareness Month-themed Twitter chat with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). You can also search for #NEDAChat on Twitter to tune-in.
- Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted.
- 1 in 6 American women (17%) and 1 in 33 American men (3%) have been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
- Ages 18-24 carry a high risk of sexual violence:
- 21% of transgender, genderqueer and nonconforming college students, 18% of cisgender female college students, and 4% of cisgender male college students have been sexually assaulted.
- 18-24 year old women who are not in college are 20% more likely to be sexually assaulted than students of the same age.
- Native Americans are twice as likely to experience sexual assault compared to all races.
- 7 out of 10 rapes are committed by someone known to the victim.
- 25% of rapes are committed by a current or former intimate partner.
- Perpetrators of sexual violence are less likely to go to jail or prison than any other criminals: out of every 1000 rapes, only 310 are reported to police and only 6 rapists will be incarcerated.
While The Hotline is not a sexual assault resource, we know that sexual violence can be one way an abuser maintains power and control over their victim. If you or someone you know is experiencing sexual violence from an intimate partner, please call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or chat with us by selecting Chat Now. For support and resources specifically geared toward sexual assault (including sexual assault that is not part of an intimate partner relationship), please reach out to RAINN at 1(800)-656-HOPE (4673) or chat at www.rainn.org.