April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual-Assault-LogoThe month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and marks a time dedicated to raising consciousness about sexual violence, its prevalence and what we can do to put an end to it. Sexual assault is a major public health issue and affects many people in our communities regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status. According toSan Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR), 1 in 4 women and 1 in 11 men will be sexually abused in their lifetime. While these statistics are dismal, there are millions all over the world devoted to decreasing them. Domestic violence and sexual assault agencies across the country are using SAAM to actively promote anti- sexual violence events geared towards raising awareness about this serious and widespread issue. In the Bay Area,  SFWAR will be holding their 9th Annual Walk Against Rape on April 26th in honor of SAAM. During the walk, sexual assault survivors, their friends, family and supporters will march through the Mission and Castro districts of San Francisco to “declare that San Francisco will not tolerate sexual violence” (sfwar.org). If you are interested in participating in the walk, please click here

For more information about SAAM, click here.

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