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Reminder: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 19, 2009

It’s so nice to finally have a President who cares:

President Obama proclaimed April 2009 as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. He wrote, “I urge all Americans to respond to sexual assault by creating policies at work and school, by engaging in discussions with family and friends, and by making the prevention of sexual assault a priority in their communities.”

I know we’re already mid-April, but it might not be too late for you to participate in an event in your community celebrating National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

Why is this so important? From President Obama’s proclamation, a reminder:

“Sexual assault is pervasive in the United States. Study after study has shown that this crime impacts people at all age levels and in every part of this Nation. One recent study found that 18 percent of women in this country have been raped in their lifetime… A 2005 survey of high school students found that 10.8 percent of girls and 4.2 percent of boys from grades nine to twelve were forced to have sexual intercourse at some time in their lives. A study of college women found that 13.7 percent of undergraduate women had been victims of at least one completed sexual assault since entering college…These statistics are all the more alarming given that, according to recent research, a majority of victims do not report their attacks to police.”

Just imagine how scary these statistics would be if the majority of victims did report the attacks.

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), the U.S.’s largest anti-sexual assault organization, released a PSA in honor of the month:

One Comment
  1. Thomas permalink
    April 19, 2009 8:34 pm

    The city I live in had Take Back the Night on Friday. Our awesome feminist mayor spoke! I am excited about President Obama’s work on the domestic side of things too.

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