What is sexual assault?
Wikipedia defines it as: "Any involuntary sexual act in which a person is threatened, coerced, or forced to engage against their will, or any sexual touching of a person."
Sexual Assault Awareness Month has a broad and deep history, with roots that first originated in England, through an event called "Take Back the Night".
This movement gained great support and then became recognized in the U.S., in the late 70s, in New York and San Francisco. Through protests and rallies, in solidarity, women came together to respond to attacks that were happening as they walked the streets late at night.
Through a series of events, Sexual Assault Awareness Month became recognized and officially observed in the U.S. in April of 2001. It now also includes acts perpetrated against men as well.
During April, educational programs, publications, and events are sponsored worldwide to help the public to understand what sexual assault is and how it can be prevented.
In keeping with this effort, here are some important statistics you should know:
According to Rape Abuse and Incest National Network, RAINN.ORG
- Every 2 minutes in the U.S. a person is sexually assaulted.
- 54% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police.
- 38% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance.
- 97% of rapists will never be incarcerated, not even for a day
These alarming statistics underscore the importance of more education, effective legislation, and continued efforts to end sexual assault, so that we may restore safety to our communities and to our homes.
For more information visit: http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/sexual-assault-awareness-month-home