April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. Why should you care? Because sexual assault affects us all. Each year there are about 237,868 sexual assaults here in the United States. 44% of the victims are under the age of 18. 60% of these assaults are never reported to the police.
These numbers are staggering. It is only through working together, acknowledging the victims, and raising prevention awareness that we can help. You! Yes, you, can make a difference. Acknowledging the problem exists and talking about it is a very important first step. Educating our children, neighbors, and communities is another important way that you can help.
In 2001, April was declared Sexual Assault Awareness Month in an effort to help raise the public’s awareness of a problem that is so often kept hidden. Join us in shining a light in the darkest corners and working towards a brighter future.
You can get started by going to the Sexual Assault Awareness Month website for resources and ideas and stay tuned for events this month here at WGAP to help raise awareness in our local communities.