Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Know The Facts

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual violence is a serious public health problem in the United States.

 

Facts about Sexual Violence

 
Sexual violence is any sexual activity where consent is not freely given. It affects millions of people each year in the United States. 
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  • Sexual violence is common. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experienced sexual violence involving physical contact during their lifetimes.
 
  • Sexual violence starts early. 1 in 3 female rape victims experienced it for the first time between 11-17 years old and 1 in 8 reported that it occurred before age 10. Nearly 1 in 4 male rape victims experienced it for the first time between 11-17 years old and about 1 in 4 reported that it occurred before age 10.
 
  • Sexual violence is costly. Recent estimates put the cost of rape at $122,461 per victim, including medical costs, lost productivity, criminal justice activities, and other costs.
 

Sexual Violence is Preventable: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

 
Sexual violence impacts health in many ways. It can lead to short and long-term physical and mental health problems. Victims may experience chronic pain, headaches, and sexually transmitted diseases.
 
They are often fearful or anxious and may have problems trusting others. Promoting healthy and respectful relationships can help reduce sexual violence.
 
If you are or someone you know is a victim of sexual violence:
 
  • Contact the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE. Help is free, confidential, and available 24/7. Get information at RAINNExternal.
     
  • Contact your local emergency services at 9-1-1.