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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is sexual assault awareness month:

Sexual assault is a serious and widespread problem among college campuses:

  • Approximately 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will experience rape or attempted rape at some point in their life.
  • Sexual assault can occur with any combination of genders, gender identities/expressions, and sexual orientations. However, college women ages 18-24 are at a 3x elevated risk of sexual assault.
  • In 8 out of every 10 cases of rape, the survivor knew the person who sexually assaulted them.
  • Sexual violence is the most underreported crime; 63% of sexual assault cases go unreported.

Here are the 5 key points of healthy relationships:

  1. RESPECT: Promote and model healthy attitudes in relationships
  2. EMPOWER: Everyone has a right to set boundaries and feel safe.
  3. LEARN: Keep up on current information regarding your health from a credible source.
  4. COMMUNICATE: Use your voice and express yourself to partners, peers, and family. If you feel you are being violated or mistreated then speak up and seek help.
  5. CONSENT: Look for a mutual agreement without fear or pressure.

Prevention is possible! We can all help to change the culture surrounding sexual assault.

For more information or to show your support please visit:

www.nsvrc.org/saam or www.cdc.gov/features/sexualviolence/

On campus resources:

Gender Equity Center
Dean of Students – Care
Health Services Provider LIst

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