Defense Against Crime

01/04/2015

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! The #SAAM 2017 campaign is: It’s time to act. Safer campuses. Brighter futures. Prevent sexual violence. http://www.nsvrc.org/saam

This blog has many articles on the facts of Sexual Assault and you can search our index to read many of them.   This simple fact is that sexual assault affects many lives—both directly and indirectly. It is a crime that spans across age, sexual orientation, religion and gender, and affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.  According to the 2014 US Department of Justice crime data about 1-in-5 women and 1-in-71 men are victims of a Sexual Assault in their lifetimes in the United States. Together, that’s more than 23.6 million survivors.  Also according to that data one sexual  assault happens every two minutes.

While precise legal definitions of sexual assault and rape vary by states and jurisdictions here are some guidelines:

Sexual Assault is the sexual exploitation, forcible penetration, or an act of sexual contact on the body of another person, male or female, without his or her consent.

Rape is an act of power and control, in which the victim is humiliated, degraded, and left with feelings of shame, guilt, and anger.  If you did not give consent or are forces  to have sex with someone, then it’s rape.

No matter what the circumstances of the crime are, sexual violence is a weapon used by perpetrators to hurt and dominate others—motivated by a need to control, humiliate and harm. It is never a survivor’s fault.

Victims of sexual assault often experience an overwhelming feeling of vulnerability, violation, and powerless. Many will blame themselves, reliving the experience to see how they could have changed the outcome. Many people are confused about sexual assault. I’ve had people ask me “Is this sexual assault?” many times. Types of sexual assault span a huge continuum, ranging from verbal sexual abuse, harassment to forcible rape and I hope this page will help to answer these questions. Everyone has the right to heal from these violations. Sexual Assault is never EVER the victim’s fault. 

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