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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 15, 2013
New Horizons Crisis Center , Marshall Independent

The month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. During 2012, 11 victims reported a sexual assault to the Marshall Police Department. However, sexual assault is one of the most under reported crimes, with 54 percent still being left unreported (RAINN.org). One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives, (Black, M. C., Breiding, M. J., Smith, S. G., Walters, M. L., Merrick, M. T., Chen, J., & Stevens, M. R. 2011). These statistics begin to tell the story of sexual violence and how it impacts the individual and the community.

 
 
 

 

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