April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The goal of this month is to raise public awareness about sexual assault and aid in providing education to help prevent sexual assault. So, we thought we would do our part and help spread some awareness too.
According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, in 2010, "Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States have been raped at some time in their lives". These numbers are shocking. We all need to realize that there IS a problem and we need to do better. We need to keep the conversation going!
The CDC has a list of strategies on how we can help prevent SA. It's called "STOP SV".
S: Promote Social Norms that Protect Against Violence
T: Teach Skills to Prevent Sexual Violence
O: Provide Opportunities to Empower and Support Girls and Women
P: Create Protective Environments
SV: Support Victims/Survivors to Lessen Harms
We want to let anyone know that if you have been a victim of sexual violence, it was NOT your fault. You are NOT alone. You did NOT deserve this. We believe you and we are so sorry this happened.
If you or anyone you know needs help, please check out these resources: