Sexual Assault Awareness Month (#SAAM)

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  After an active year of stories about rape, domestic violence and slut shaming victims, I thought a reminder would be helpful.  Being the data nerd I am my first look was for statistics.  According to RAINN 44% of sexual assault victims are under age 18 and 80% are under age 30.

This is not just a young woman’s issue – it’s an everyone issue.  But the number of young women who are victims is staggering.  In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month Fem2.0 will be sharing statistics, help lines, and how to get involved.

An excellent way to start the fight is to ask your Senators to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.  Along the way in the War on Women this crucial bill has been pulled into the fight.  Women’s safety and well being should not be a partisan issue.

Join an event like the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s #TweetAboutIt! Tuesdays, National Denim Day, 10 Points of Light, or a local Take Back the Night event.  No matter what you do, the important thing is to do it – don’t just sit on the sidelines.  Tweet us and tell us what you’re doing to take a stand against Sexual Assault and Violence!

 

Resources

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

RAINN

Rape Crisis Network Europe – Find help near you!

Hotlines

Australia: 1800-737-732

England & Wales: 0808 802 9999

United States National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

There are approximately 207,754 victims of sexual assault each year.  It’s time everyone had access to help to survive. 

*Photo via Creative Common License Flickr User: Steve Rhodes

Originally appeared on Fem2.0

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