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Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month calls attention to the fact that sexual violence is widespread and
impacts every person in this community.
Rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment harm our community, and statistics show one in five
women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives (Black et al., 2011).
Child sexual abuse prevention must be a priority to confront the reality that one in six boys and
one in four girls will experience a sexual assault before age 18 (Dube et al., 2005).
Young people experience heightened rates of sexual violence, and youth ages 12-17 were 2.5
times as likely to be victims of rape or sexual assault (Snyder & Sickmund, 2006).
On campus, one in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted during their time in
college (Krebs, Lindquist, Warner, Fisher, & Martin, 2007).
The theme of this year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month’s campaign is, “Engaging New Voices.”
The campaign calls on new partners and community members to help expand sexual assault
prevention efforts and ensure the next generation fosters attitudes that promote healthy
relationships, equality, and respect.
I join advocates and communities across the country in taking action to prevent sexual violence.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and each day of the year is an opportunity to create
change for the future.
County of Davie