Pitt County Family Development Corporation. Inc.
|Posted on April 21, 2021 at 10:35 PM|
Along with April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month, this month also recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention.
The term sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent from the victim.
Some forms of sexual assault include:
Fondling or unwanted sexual touching
Forcing a victim to perform sexual acts
Sexual violence happens in every community and affects people of all genders and ages.
There is a social context that surrounds sexual violence. Women being seen as objects rather than humans contributes to the occurrence of sexual violence. Social norms that condone violence, use the scare tactic of power, traditional constructs of masculinity and silence surrounding violence and abuse all play a part in the recurrence of sexual assault.
Nearly one in five women in the United States have experienced rape or attempted rape in their lifetime.
But sexual assault is not a women's issue alone, one in 71 men in the United States have experienced rape or attempted rape.
Nearly 3 out of 4 adolescents who have been sexually assaulted were victimized by someone they knew very well (i.e close family friend or relative).
Many sexual assaults go unreported due to reasons such as fearing retaliation, believing police will not be much help and believing it was not important enough to report.
Most cases that are reported do not lead to a conviction.
Information obtained from The National Sexual Violence Resource Center