Your 2017 Guide to Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
At RAINN we’re dedicated to supporting survivors of sexual violence every day of the year—but in April we do a little something different. April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM). During #SAAPM we ask people to engage with this issue more directly by learning more about sexual violence, sharing important statistics, and stepping up to stop sexual assault. Looking for ways to participate in #SAAPM? The following materials are yours for the taking. Share, tweet, and tag @RAINN01 in all your #SAAPM content.
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- #SupportSurvivors this and every month - sexual assault is not your fault. If you need to talk: 800.656.HOPE, http://online.rainn.org #SAAPM
- RAINN ofrece apoyo gratuito las 24 horas al día, 7 días por semana: http://rainn.org/es #SAAPM
- Perpetrators of sexual assault and violence oftentimes know the victim - in fact, 7 out of 10 do. http://bit.ly/2hajxdK #SAAPM
- Approx. 3 out of 10 sexual assaults are reported, meaning even less face incarceration. For more statistics: http://bit.ly/2hak8Mk #SAAPM
- 1 in 9 girls / 1 in 53 boys under the age of 18 experience sexual abuse or assault at the hands of an adult. http://bit.ly/2hajChr #SAAPM
- Students have a chance to look out for friends & speak up about sexual assault. More tips on student safety: http://bit.ly/2o4pexL #SAAPM
- There are ways for you to look out for others. Learn more about bystander intervention. http://bit.ly/2ia50UM #SAAPM
- It can be difficult to respond to survivors. Here are tips to forming encouraging, compassionate responses: http://bit.ly/2ia3HVV #SAAPM
- $ to spare? Support the National Sexual Assault Hotline: donate.rainn.org (PS: all gifts in April are automatically doubled) #SAAPM
- Considering donating to #supportsurvivors? Donate in April & your gift's automatically doubled! donate.rainn.org #matchinggift #SAAPM
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- What Consent Looks Like: The laws about consent vary by state and situation. It can make the topic confusing, but you don’t have to be a legal expert to understand how consent plays out in real life.
- Steps You Can Take to Prevent Sexual Assault: Follow RAINN's C.A.R.E. method for practicing bystander intervention. Create a distraction. Ask directly. Refer to an authority. Enlist others.
- Staying Safe on Campus: Sexual violence can happen to anyone, and it’s not the only crime that can occur on a college campus. Take steps to increase your safety on campus.
- How to Respond to a Survivor: When someone you care about tells you they’ve been sexually assaulted or abused, it can be a lot to handle. A supportive reaction can make all the difference, but that doesn’t mean it comes easy.
- Self-Care After Trauma: Self-care can be helpful in coping with the short- and long-term effects of a trauma, such as sexual assault.
- Self-Care for Friends and Family: There is no normal or "right" way to react when you find out that someone you care about has survived an act of sexual violence. Regardless of what you’re feeling, these emotions can be intense and difficult to deal with.
- What Is a Rape Kit?: The term "rape kit" often refers to a sexual assault forensic exam, a process that preserves evidence DNA and other forms of evidence from a person's body, clothes, and belongings.
- Addressing the Rape Kit Backlog: The overwhelming backlog of DNA evidence from rape kits is currently one of the biggest obstacles to prosecuting perpetrators of sexual violence.
- Understanding Statutes of Limitations for Sex Crimes: Welcome to Statues of Limitations 101. Statutes of limitations are as varied as they are important. Learn more about how statutes of limitations work, and how they differ from state to state.
Big meeting coming up? Preparing for a speech during #SAAPM? Borrow from RAINN’s talking points about sexual violence and the critical resources available to survivors and loved ones.
Q. How common is sexual violence?
- Sexual violence affects nearly every household in America. Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted, and every eight minutes a child is sexually abused.
- One in six American women and one in 33 men have experienced sexual violence in their lifetimes.
- On average, there are 321,500 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States.
Q. Who are the perpetrators?
- The majority of perpetrators are someone the victim knows. Approximately seven out of 10 of sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim.
- For minors, that number is even higher. Of victims under 18, 93% knew the perpetrator.
- Perpetrators of sexual violence are often serial criminals. Out of every 1,000 suspected rape perpetrators referred to prosecutors, 370 have at least one prior felony conviction, including 100 who have five or more.
Q. What resources are available to survivors of sexual violence?
- The National Sexual Assault Hotline is free, confidential, and available 24/7. Survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones can contact the hotline by phone (800.656.HOPE) or chat online (online.rainn.org y en español rainn.org/es) to talk with someone who is trained to help.
- Survivors and loved ones can also find support in their communities by reaching out to a local sexual assault service provider.
- RAINN provides hundreds of articles about recovery, safety, and the criminal justice system at rainn.org (y rainn.org/es).
RAINN is a trusted resource for safety information, statistics, and expert commentary. If you are a member of the media working on a story regarding sexual violence, please contact RAINN's press secretary.