Sexual violence is pervasive in our society and one month can’t possibly touch this serious and widespread problem.
But every April, advocacy groups designate Sexual Assault Awareness Month as a time to raise awareness about sexual misconduct and educate the public about its prevention.
Sexual assault, as defined by the U.S. Department of Justice, is sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient and can include forced sexual intercourse and sodomy, attempted rape, incest, child molestation and fondling.
This year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month’s theme is “Embrace your voice!” Thousands of women have done exactly that, especially in last year’s #MeToo movement. How we talk about sexual violence matters – how can survivors, communities and advocacy groups use their voices to promote change?
#MeToo Movement Unleashed Powerful Voices
The social media #MeToo campaign revealed the ubiquitous and indiscriminate nature of sexual assault as women all over the world spoke out about their experiences. This movement began an important conversation that must be continued as victims everywhere embrace their voices.
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) reports that a staggering one-third of women will experience some form of sexual violence, with only 63% of the victims reporting the crime to the police. Although sexual assault is largely a crime against females – 91% of victims are women – men are also victims and 1 in 6 men experiences some form of sexual violence.
How To Embrace Your Voice
The “Embrace your voice” theme encourages everyone to become an agent of change. The overwhelming odds are that you know someone who has been a victim of sexual violence. These survivors need an empathetic ear to share a personal story. It’s important not to joke or comment based on stereotypes or assumptions about something as serious – and criminal – as sexual assault. The victim may feel unsafe and therefore reluctant to share a very painful secret.
But, as the NSVRC states, we can change the culture through the things we say and do each day to lessen the stigma of being a victim of sexual misconduct.
Visit the NSVRC website to learn more about speaking out about sexual assault.
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If you or a family member has experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment of any kind or has been injured in an accidentor by any other type of personal injury, or needs help with any employment discrimination or family law issue, please contact the Law Offices of Paul S. Foreman, P.C. immediately. We have the right experience to get the optimal results for your case. Please call us for a free consultation. Attorney Paul S. Foreman, personal injury attorney in Essex, will fight to secure justice for you and your family. You can reach us at 973-315-3232 or contact us via the website.