The purpose of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is not only to highlight survivors experiences but to promote prevention efforts that can ultimately end all sexual violence and abuse. Sexual violence includes but is not limited to sexual assault, sexual harassment, unwanted sexual contact/touching, reproductive coercion/control, and revenge porn. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. While the fight against sexual violence is year round, SAAM gives survivors and advocates a chance to have their voices elevated to speak on their experiences and demand an end to the violence.
From the beginning, the movement to end sexual violence worked to bring awareness as well as prevention. SAAM has progressed over the years to ensure that all voices and all survivors are being heard. Disenfranchised and marginalized communities that include but are not limited to, BIPOC individuals, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people with disablities experience sexual violence and abuse at simlar or higher rates with additional obstacles of oppression. Here at SARC we serve all survivors regardless of race, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, disability, religion, or legal status because sexual violence affects ALL people.
For Sexual Assault Awareness Month, SARC has a month full of events planned to educate our community and support survivors. Follow us on all social media platforms to stay informed about our upcoming events! Don’t forget to post a picture of yourself wearing teal on April 6th and wearing Denim on April 28th and tag @sarcbv on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.
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