What is SAAM?
The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence (focusing on sexual assault and rape) and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.
Here on the SAAM site, you will find information and materials for both the upcoming SAAM campaign as well as past campaigns. While the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) creates these campaign materials for SAAM, we encourage state and local organizations and groups focused on sexual violence awareness and prevention to tailor these campaign materials to their local communities.
By working together and pooling our resources during the month of April, we can highlight sexual violence as a major public health issue and reinforce the need for prevention efforts.
Some very scary facts from RAINN:
there were 248,300 sexual assaults in 2007
1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime
9 of every 10 rape victims were female in 2003
About 3% of American men — or 1 in 33 — have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime
15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12
7% of girls in grades 5-8 and 12% of girls in grades 9-12 said they had been sexually abused. (I, personally, am surprised that it's this low. I have a feeling that many of these young victims did not recognize their assaults as assaults.)
93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker.
Victims of sexual assault are:
3 times more likely to suffer from depression.
6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
13 times more likely to abuse alcohol.
26 times more likely to abuse drugs.
4 times more likely to contemplate suicide.
Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.
60% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police.
only about 6% of rapists ever serve a day in jail.
73% of sexual assaults were perpetrated by a non-stranger.
38% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance.
28% are an intimate.
7% are a relative.
One positive fact:
Sexual assault has fallen by more than 60% in recent years. (THANK GOD!)
Let's bring a halt to sexual assault and rape, and let's do it the right way.