April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States.
The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence by educating communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence and how to seek services if needed.
Most people think sexual assault is a crime that will not affect them. However, the reality is that sexual violence is a big problem in the United States today. Research shows that every 2 minutes in this county, someone is sexually assaulted.
One out of six women will have been the victim of rape in her lifetime.
Among high school students surveyed nationwide, about 8 percent reported having been forced to have sex — while an estimated 20 to 25 percent of college women in the United States experience attempted or completed rape during their college career.
And while approximately 85 percent of sexual assault victims know their offender, only about 16 percent of sexual assaults are ever reported.
Lakes Crisis and Resource Center (LCRC) is doing its part during the month of April to help raise the public’s awareness about sexual violence.
Through media and newspaper announcements, displays throughout the community, a Denim Day event at area middle/high schools and other prevention-related activities community members will have the opportunity to show their support for victims of sexual violence.
For more information about the programs and services LCRC can provide check out the website at www.lakescrisis.com.