April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s (NSVRC) has an annual SAAM campaign that encourages everyone to get involved in helping to prevent sexual assault. You can help by joining NSVRC’s campaign.
One key factor in preventing sexual assault is to make sure people understand what constitutes sexual assault. Education and awareness can help potential victims and perpetrators avoid becoming an unwitting role player in sexual assault. Research by NSVRC revealed that 84% of a surveyed population understands that sexual intercourse without the consent of all partners involved is sexual assault. Eighty-three percent recognize that unwanted touching, groping or fondling is sexual assault. Men (48%) and young adults between 18-34 (46%) were unaware that verbal harassment falls into the sexual assault category.
Assault is one of the six components outlined in the 6-A Model of Alcohol Abuse in Offenders (6-AMAAO). Alcohol increases the likelihood of sexual assault and violence. This is especially true among young adults. However, it can happen at any age as illustrated in a vignette about a woman in her mid-40s. She suffered an extremely brutal sexual assault at the home of a man she was dating. Alcohol and other substances were involved. Read this vignette and others in the 6-AMAAO book.
Most people have read or heard about sexual assaults on college campuses. The tragedy is that 90% of sexual assaults on college campuses are never reported. College students, faculty, parents, and others need to be more aware of the dangers of sexual assault. One out of five college women and one out of 16 college men are sexually assaulted on campus.
Alcohol is a key factor in almost all sexual assaults that occur on college campuses. There are more sexual assaults at sorority and fraternity parties and other campus-related events that include alcohol. You can learn more about how to increase your awareness of sexual assault. Also, learn about the traps that can make you or your college-aged students vulnerable to a sexual assault. All of this information is available in the 6-A Model of Alcohol Abuse in Offenders.
QUESTIONS & THOUGHTS TO PONDER:
Are you aware of what constitutes sexual assault?
Alcohol plays a big role in sexual assaults. Are you aware of the circumstances that could make you more vulnerable to becoming a victim of sexual assault?
Many women and men are sexually assaulted on dates or by people they know. Are you aware of anyone in your circle of friends, family or acquaintances who could perpetrate a sexual assault?
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