In addition to Child Abuse Prevention Month, April is also Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, “The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.”
- Research suggests that sexual and domestic violence can be prevented by increasing the factors that protect people from developing violent behaviors. Healthy sexual education is very important. This pamphlet from the Massachusetts Sexual Violence Prevention Team offers tips on how to discuss healthy relationships with your loved ones. You can also download the entire Massachusetts Sexual Violence Prevention Plan.
- Massachusetts is committed to preventing sexual assault and providing resources to its victims. Explore this list of sexual and domestic violence programs and services offered by the state. Additional local and national organizations are listed here.
- For counseling services, support groups, and advocacy services, please call the nearest rape crisis center. Each center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In April 2012, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services published a blog post on increasing the dialogue on sexual assault awareness and prevention. It is as relevant today as it was a year ago and well worth a read. Together we can work to prevent sexual violence.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault or domestic violence, help is available. Call the SafeLink Hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (877) 785-2020 for support.
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