Unfortunately today is seems that we hear reports about sexual assault more often than not. It happens on college campuses and at high school parties. It happens to married people and to single people. It happens to both guys and girls, younger and older.
To put it in perspective:
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes.
- 1 in 3 teens experiences sexual or physical abuse or threats from a boyfriend or girlfriend in one year.
- 1 in 5 women are survivors of rape.
- 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men have experienced sexual violence in their lives.
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men were sexually abused before the age of 18.
Each April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The campaign for this year is “I Ask.” I ask for consent. I ask for digital consent. I ask how to teach consent early. I ask how power impacts consent. “I Ask” reminds us that asking for consent is a healthy, normal, and necessary part of everyday interactions.
By standing up for consent, by reminding yourself and those around you to always ask, create healthier and safer relationships with those around us. We can raise children to know how to stand up for consent. We can be more than just bystanders when assault happens. By always asking, we can help create a culture that looks down on sexual assault and takes active steps to end it.
One way you can stand up to sexual assault is by participating in #WearTealDay tomorrow, April 2nd. Teal is the official color of SAAM. By wearing teal, you can show your support for survivors of sexual assault and help raise awareness.