Every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted and every 8 minutes that victim is a child. These astonishing statistics only scrape the surface on a global problem that affects many men, women and children daily all over the world.
The formation of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month stems from the Take Back the Night, a movement of marches and protests in the 1970s that took place across the country and around the world. This movement was formed to bring awareness to sexual assault with a mission to end all forms of sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual abuse. The now formed foundation works to create safer and more educated communities through resources, events, and initiatives.
Another amazing organization that provides emergency assistance, intervention, prevention and more for those affected by abuse is Peace Over Violence!
Joining an organization like Take Back The Night or Peace Over Violence that is making a direct impact on our communities, on those you love, is something that our organization would like to present to you! The official recognized day of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is April 1, and was first recognized and observed nationally in 2001.
If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence please contact resources such as The National Domestic Violence Hotline (http://www.thehotline.org/),and The National Sexual Assault Hotline.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911 to seek immediate assistance.
Written by: Jessica Paisant