Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) — a time to raise awareness about and educate communities on how to prevent sexual violence.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 30% of women and 15% of men in the United States experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. In 2017, 7% of youth reported being physically forced to have sex when they did not want to. In most cases, the victim knows the perpetrator.
Considering these statistics, this year’s SAAM theme “I Ask” champions the message that asking for consent is a healthy, normal, and necessary part of everyday interactions.
Learn More and Get Involved:
- Create a customized web badge with your organizational logo and a message about STD Awareness Month using our award-winning Studio tool. It takes less than 5 minutes!
- View and share our infographic and take our online training about sex trafficking among youth.
- Access resources from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, including social media graphics, palm cards and handouts, campaign toolkit, social media guide, and event planning guide. Use these to help host your own event this April.
- Are you on Instagram? Enter the #30DAysofSAAM2019 Instagram contest!
- Download and share our infographic on the risks of sexting and how teens can protect themselves and others.
- Parents and other caregivers, use our communication tips to let the teens in your life know that they can always come to you for help or advice.
Get Help or Report Assault:
- Call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline (800-656-4673) to connect with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.