Tuesday, April 3, 2007

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Please visit the WI Coalition Against Sexual Assault at http://www.wcasa.org/
And check in your community for activities that a local organization such as a women's shelter or agency may be hosting to increase awareness.

Speak out against sexual and domestic violence. Educate yourself. As the WCASA theme says, Change begins with you.

Their website states: "Sexual violence is any act (verbal and/or physical) which breaks a person's trust and/or safety and is sexual in nature. The term "sexual violence" includes: rape, incest, child sexual assault, ritual abuse, date and acquaintance rape, marital or partner rape, sexual contact, sexual harassment, exposure, and voyeurism. Sexual assaults are acts of violence where sex is used as a weapon. Assaults are motivated primarily out of anger and/or a need to feel powerful by controlling, dominating, or humiliating the victim. Victims/survivors of sexual assaults are forced, coerced, and/or manipulated to participate in unwanted sexual activity. Victims/survivors do not cause their assaults and are not to blame. Offenders are responsible for their assaults"

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