Saturday, April 1, 2017

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2017

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This year the battle cry is Engaging New Voices. They are specifically highlighting - greek life, parents, coaches, faith leaders, survivors, and community members. The campaign calls on new partners and community members to help expand sexual assault prevention efforts and ensure the next generation fosters attitudes that promote healthy relationships, equality, and respect.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month calls attention to the fact that sexual violence is widespread and impacts every person in this community.

Rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment harm our community, and statistics show one in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives (Black et al., 2011).

Child sexual abuse prevention must be a priority to confront the reality that one in six boys and one in four girls will experience a sexual assault before age 18 (Dube et al., 2005).

Young people experience heightened rates of sexual violence, and youth ages 12-17 were 2.5 times as likely to be victims of rape or sexual assault (Snyder & Sickmund, 2006).

On campus, one in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted during their time in college (Krebs, Lindquist, Warner, Fisher, & Martin, 2007).

You can download SAAM flyers, social media banners, and coloring pages HERE or view all of the 2017 campaign information HERE. And for more information, keep reading!
How to Raise Awareness
  • April is the color of teal. Wear the color to show your support.
  • #RedMyLips - Red My Lips promotes the idea that sexual violence is not caused by tight or revealing clothes, makeup, or “letting your guard down.” It is caused by one person’s DECISION to overpower and violate the body and spirit of another. Wear red lipstick and use this hashtag to show your support.
  • April 2-8 is International Anti-Street Harassment Week. Use the hashtag #EndSH to share your story.
  • April 2-8 is National Crime Victims' Rights Week. Use the hashtag #NCVRW2017
  • April 26 is Denim Day. Wear denim to show your support for survivors.
  • If you have Instagram, you can participate in @NSVRC's #30DaysofSAAM photo challenge.

    My Previous Blogs Related to SAAM
    Guest Posts from Survivors - I am always open to sharing stories from survivors. If you're interested in sharing your story, please email
    To Watch
    • Netflix Streaming:
      • The Hunting Ground - Sexual assault on college campuses
      • Hot Girls Wanted - Florida's amateur porn industry
      • It Happened Here - Sexual assault on college campuses
      • Audrie & Daisy - Survivors in the online age
      • Spotlight - based on the true story of the Boston Globe working to uncover the child abuse being covered up by the Catholic Church.
    • Other movies, not available on Netflix Streaming:
      • Sexy Baby - Being female in a sex obsessed culture
      • The Invisible War - Sexual assault in the military
      • Precious
      • Boys Don't Cry
      • Hard Candy
      • Speak
      • The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

    If you need assistance, please call the National Sexual Assault Hotline.
    • Need help?
    Call 800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.
    • How does it work?
    When you call 800.656.HOPE (4673), you’ll be routed to a local RAINN affiliate organization based on the first six digits of your phone number. Cell phone callers have the option to enter the zip code of their current location to more accurately locate the nearest sexual assault service provider.

    Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.
    The Online Hotline works like other instant messaging and online chat systems, but with enhanced security measures. You'll enter a private chat with a trained RAINN support specialist and chat live by typing messages back and forth. The service is completely anonymous and confidential—we will never ask you for any information that would identify who you are.

    If you're in the Military
    • Telephone Helpline
      Safe Helpline provides live, confidential help over the phone — just call 877-995-5247. The phone number is the same in the U.S. and worldwide via DSN.
    • Online Helpline
      Safe Helpline provides live, confidential, one-on-one help through a secure instant-messaging platform at The website also contains vital information about recovering from and reporting a sexual assault
    • Visit HERE for more information 
    La Línea de Ayuda Nacional del Asalto Sexual: Obtenga ayuda por teléfono
    • Si prefiere hablar con alguien por teléfono, puede llamar a la Línea de Ayuda Nacional del Asalto Sexual al 800.656.4673. No todo proveedor de servicios para víctimas del asalto sexual tiene recursos en español. Usted puede buscar un proveedor local y repasar los servicios que ofrecen en español, visitando
    Other links for immediate help can be found here -

    I found a handy guide for journalists made by the MNCASA HERE.

    Until Next Time,
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