Thursday, April 3, 2008

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Chances are someone reading this has been a victim of sexual assault or knows someone who has. Sexual assault is an act of violence where sex is used as the weapon. It is motivated primarily out of a sense of entitlement and/or a need to feel powerful by controlling, dominating, or humiliating the victim. Survivors of sexual assaults are forced, coerced, and/or manipulated to participate in unwanted sexual activity. They do not cause their assaults and are not to blame. Offenders are responsible for the assaults.

If you would like more information on sexual assault and the impact it has, contact your local advocacy organization that supports victims of sexual & domestic abuse. Stand up to violence.

1 comment:

Marcella Chester said...

Denise, thanks for helping raise awareness on Blog Against Sexual Violence Day. Those who are violent are hoping that the rest of us don't think about the trauma they create because it is too depressing.