Since 2001, Sexual Assault Awareness Month has been observed in April. Dedicated to raising awareness about sexual violence and spreading knowledge about prevention, the month is a good time for women and men alike to learn the facts about sexual assault.
According to recent statistics, 1 in 6 adult American women has experienced an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime; for men, the rate is 1 in 33. And as you may know, most sexual assaults are not committed by unknown individuals — 73% were perpetrated by non-strangers — which is why prevention efforts must also focus on sexual assault by known assailants.
To observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month and help empower women against attempted sexual assault, we’re sharing some tips for arming yourself against sexual assault.