National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

by SKHC Editor on April 15, 2009

A few random facts about sexual assault and young adults…

  • 10.8% of high school girls and 4.2% of high school boys were forced to have sexual intercourse at some point in their lives
  • 13.7% of college undergraduate women were victims of at least one sexual assault since entering college
  • College women are 4xs more likely than the general population to be a victim of sexual assault

On April 8, 2009 President Obama declared the month of April to be Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate people on how to prevent sexual violence.

To help raise awareness about sexual assault Kristen Stewart, of “Twilight” fame, donated her time to film a public service announcement for Security On Campus, Inc.

Check out Kristen Stewart’s PSA:

Sexual assault affects people of all ages across the U.S. Not only does sexual assault impact the victim but their family, friends, coworkers, etc. as well. Victims of sexual assault contend with the physical and emotional consequences from an attack. Sexual assault could also lead to long-term health problems. In a physical sense it could result in chronic pain, a life-altering disability or sexually transmitted diseases. In a mental sense it could mean feelings of worthlessness, embarrassment, trust issues, etc. Sometimes the emotional harm is more painful than the actual attack. Yet, a vast majority of victims do not report the assault to police.

Sexual health and education go in hand in hand with sexual assault and its repercussions.  Help educate your family, friends and coworkers about sexual assault. For more information and SAAM promotional materials visit the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. 


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