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Speak Out Against Sexual Violence During National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Speak Out Against Sexual Violence During National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

We’d like to invite you to join us in participating in National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Sexual violence is a serious issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in five women have experienced sexual assault. We’d like to invite you to join us in speaking out against sexual violence during National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Here are some facts and prevention tools that we’d like to suggest for those who want to learn more about how to participate in bringing light to this terrible issue.

Facts About Sexual Violence.

  • Sexual assault is defined as any unwanted or non-consensual sexual interaction
  • Sexual assault is often an act of power over another person.
  • Sexual violence happens to both men and women.
  • It can also include unwanted touch, not even sexual in nature.

How to Take a Stand.

  • Offer Support. We can assist in helping to curb sexual assault by stepping in or speaking up when we see or hear any questionable situations or comments.
  • Foster Healthy Relationships. Set a good example and ensure that we engage in healthy relationships full of mutual trust and respect.
  • In the late 1970s, women in England held protests against the violence they encountered as they walked the streets at night. They called them Take Back the Night marches. Word spread to other countries as the protests grew.
  • In 1978, San Francisco and New York City held the first Take Back the Night events in the U.S. Over time, sexual assault awareness activities grew to include the issues of sexual violence against men and men’s roles in ending sexual violence.
  • In the early 1980s, activists used October to raise awareness of violence against women. Domestic violence awareness became the main focus. Sexual assault advocates looked for a separate month to focus attention on sexual assault issues.
  • By the late 1980s, activists wanted a week for sexual assault awareness. The National Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCASA) polled sexual assault coalitions to a choose a time for the Sexual Assault Awareness Week. They selected a week in April.
  • Despite choosing a single week in April, some advocates began holding sexual violence events throughout the month of April. By the late 1990s, it was common. Advocates began calling for a national Sexual Assault Awareness month.

Let’s work together for social change during National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show for help finding ways that we can get involved in our communities to make a difference. Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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