While preventing sexual violence and providing support for survivors should be a focus all year round, April is a month dedicated to raising awareness about the prevalence of sexual assault and available resources for survivors and loved ones.

The statistics are sobering. According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization:

  • Sexual violence affects nearly every household in America. Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted, and every eight minutes a child is sexually abused.
  • One in six American women and one in 33 men have experienced sexual violence in their lifetimes.
  • On average, there are 321,500 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States.
  • Only 310 out of every 1,000 sexual assaults are reported to police. That means about 2 out of 3 go unreported.

However, we should not allow these grim statistics to overwhelm us into inaction. There are so many ways we can make a difference. Here are just a few that you can practice, in April and all year long.

Share informative graphics on social media using the hashtags #SAAM #SAAPM

Share these sample Tweets from RAINN using the hashtags #SAAM #SAAPM

Plan an event at your organization or in your community using this planning guide from NSVRC.

Share resources for help

  • Alameda County specific resources provided by The Calico Center.
  • Survivors and loved ones can also find support in their communities by reaching out to a local sexual assault service provider.

Other resources

  • The National Sexual Assault Hotline is free, confidential, and available 24/7. Survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones can contact the hotline by phone (800.656.HOPE) or chat online (online.rainn.org y en español rainn.org/es) to talk with someone who is trained to help.
  • RAINN provides hundreds of articles about recovery, safety, and the criminal justice system at rainn.org (y rainn.org/es).