Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!
This month aims to increase awareness about the cause and risk factors for sexual assault and empower individuals to take steps to prevent it in their communities.
Although we are making strides in reducing sexual violence, it still remains one of the most common crimes in the country.
Every 92 seconds, a person is sexually assaulted.
The consequences of sexual assault extend further than many realize, both in regard to the mental, emotional and physical health of the survivors, as well as the economic burdens of their recovery. The costs of sexual violence also extend beyond the survivors; sexual violence costs the nation more than any other crime.
The lifetime cost of rape per victim is $122,461.
While sexual assault is one of the most common crimes committed in the country and the costliest, it is also the crime that is most under-reported, and prosecuted with the least success.
Perpetrators of sexual violence are less likely to go to jail or prison than other criminals.
If you or someone you care about are a survivor of sexual violence, there are many organizations that can help. RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is a perfect place to begin the search for resources and recovery.
RAINN has a National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline (800.656.HOPE).