“Get involved this April”
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and if you’re like me, you don’t know much about it. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, protests against sexual violence began in England in the 1970s, beginning with Take Back the Night marches that focused on protesting the threats women faced while walking at night. The marches eventually spread to the United States, and the protests now include various other events that aim to raise public awareness and educate communities and individuals about sexual violence and assault.
This week, The Margaret Sloss Women’s Center will be hosting SAAM events in order to draw attention to the very real threat sexual assault poses to students, Ames community members, and everyone. The following facts from the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network put the epidemic into perspective: someone is sexually assaulted every two minutes; one in six women and one in 33 men will be sexually assaulted during their lifetime; and 60% of sexual assaults go unreported (http://www.rainn.org/).
With those kinds of statistics, it is likely you or someone you know has or will be assaulted in their lifetime. This needs to end, so help raise awareness and demand a change. If you are a student at ISU or in the Ames community, participate in ISU’s Take Back the Night event on April 25th. Even if you can’t attend the event, make others aware of what is going on and help be a part of the solution. As the NSRC explains, “By working together and pooling our resources during the month of April, we can highlight sexual violence as a major public health, human rights and social justice issue and reinforce the need for prevention efforts.”
Hope to see you there!