Friday, April 4, 2008
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual violence is a huge and unspoken problem. According to RAINN, over 270,000 sexual assault occurred in 2006 (the most recent year for which statistics are available). With this number, they've determined that a rape was committed every eight minutes, and a sexual assault was committed every two minutes. It is estimated that one in six women will be sexually assaulted in her life time (other studies and organizations argue even higher estimations). Most sexual assaults are never reported to police, and most victims know their assailants. In fact, only about 6% of rapists will ever spend a day in jail.
Sexual violence will be the theme all month at PPRSR's MySpace blog. We'll be will be updating with more information about rape and sexual assault and promoting our own community Rape Crisis Services, so check it out for more.
Also, yesterday was Blog Against Sexual Violence Day. We made it in a little late on that one, but it's better late than never. If you have your own blog, it's not too late for you to participate, either! Follow the link for more information and dozens of great posts that raise awareness and call for an end to sexual violence.