April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Every year the counties we serve signs proclamations for April declaring it Sexual Assault Awareness month and April 24 as Denim Day.
Sexual Assault awareness Month Proclamation
Sexual Assault Awareness Month calls attention to the fact that sexual violence is widespread and
impacts every person in this community.
The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how
to prevent it. Rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment harm our community, and statistics show
one in five women and one in 67 men will be raped at some point in their lives (Smith et al., 2017).
Child sexual abuse prevention must be a priority to confront the reality that one in six boys and
one in four girls will experience sexual assault before age 18 (Dube et al., 2005).
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 campaign is "I Ask." The campaign
champions the power of asking for consent — whether it be asking to hold someone's hand, for
permission to share personal information with others, or if a partner is interested in sex.
Consent is a clear, concrete example of what it takes to end sexual harassment, abuse, and assault.
The goal of the campaign is to empower everyone to put consent into practice. I Ask is the statement
by which individuals will demonstrate that asking for consent is a healthy, normal, and necessary part
of everyday interactions.
We 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.
Dube, S. R., Anda, R. F., Whitfield, C. L., Brown, D. W., Felitti, V. J., Dong, M., & Giles, W. H. (2005).
Long-term consequences of childhood sexual abuse by gender of victim. American Journal of Preventive Medicine,
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Krebs, C. P., Lindquist, C. H., Warner, T. D., Fisher, B. S., & Martin, S. L. (2007) The Campus Sexual Assault
(CSA) Study (NCJ 221153). Retrieved from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service:
Smith, S. G., Chen, J., Basile, K. C., Gilbert, L. K., Merrick, M. T., Patel, N., … Jain, A. (2017).
The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010-2012 state report.
Retrieved from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention
and Control: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/NISVS-StateReportBook.pdf
www.nsvrc.org/saam #SAAM #IAsk
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April 24 is Denim Day
For the past 20 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The campaign began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped the person who raped her remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual harassment, abuse, assault and rape. In this sexual violence prevention and education campaign we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion statement by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual violence.
Denim Day is April 24, 2019!
For more info on Denim Day, visit www.denimdayinfo.org