Yes! It’s time to talk about it!
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Chances are you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault. (Some facts regarding sexual violence are presented in the April 2012 post.) Each of us has an obligation to be aware and do what we are able to do to stop sexual violence.
WHAT IS SEXUAL VIOLENCE?
Sexual violence is a broad term and includes rape, incest, child sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, sexual exploitation, human trafficking, unwanted sexual contact, sexual harassment, exposure, and voyeurism.
Sexual violence occurs when someone is forced or manipulated into unwanted sexual activity without their consent. Reasons someone might not consent include fear, age, illness, disability, and/or influence of alcohol or other drugs. Anyone can experience sexual violence, including children, teens, adults, and elders.
These crimes are widespread and occur daily in our communities, schools, and workplaces, but sexual violence can be prevented. Community members can work…
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