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:
- RESPECT: Promote and model healthy attitudes in relationships
- EMPOWER: Everyone has a right to set boundaries and feel safe.
- LEARN: Keep up on current information regarding your health from a credible source.
- 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.
- CONSENT: Look for a mutual agreement without fear or pressure.
Prevention is possible! We can all help to change the culture surrounding sexual assault.