Thursday, April 08, 2010

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month




Sexual Assault Awareness Month is observed in April in the United States, and is dedicated to making a concerted effort to raise awareness about and prevent sexual violence. In the time it takes to read this paragraph, 3 individuals somewhere in the United States will have become a victim of sexual violence.


The first observation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month occurred in 2001, where the National Sexual Violence Resource Center provided resources to advocates nationwide to help get the word out about sexual assault. This awareness day has gained momentum over the years, especially on high school and college campuses. Research states that prevention programs and awareness days help educate the public about sexual assault and sexual violence. For those who want more information, link here


Banyard, V., Eckstein, R., & Moynihan, M. (2009). Sexual Violence Prevention: The Role of Stages of Change Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25 (1), 111-135 DOI: 10.1177/0886260508329123



9 comments:

Wanda's Wings said...

Never can enough be said to prevent the lasting damage sexual assault causes.

Sid said...

I'm glad that you wrote this post because we're already a week into the month and this is the first I've heard of it being Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Given that I have a daughter in high school and live in a major metropolitan area, I would have hoped to hear something much sooner since it's such an important topic to bring awareness to, but I have yet to hear anything on the news, see anything in the newspapers, get anything from my daughter's school about it or even have it mentioned at the mental health clinic I go to.

Belizegial said...

Dr. Deb, I saved the links and will share with the teenagers in my life. Happy Belated Easter.

tracy said...

Kinda sad that every month has an "Awareness" ...because people don't seem to care....

S'onnie said...

Its a shame that we even have to have awareness months for these topics. Unfortunately there are those out there who have no regard for others so we must teach people to look out for themselves.

Continuing Education Resources said...

Thank you for your contributions towards raising awareness

Rose said...

Wow this can be so devastating and awareness is definitely needed.

Clueless said...

I agree with the devastating and lasting damage this can cause. My Wednesday post is about the forgotten victims, the ones that receive the least attention and serices...Adult men who have been sexually assaulted.

Dr. Deb said...

Clueless,

Good point about the forgotton victims.