The National Network to End Domestic Violence has declared April as Sexual Assault Awareness month.
What is sexual assault? That’s a question with many answers. Sexual violence includes rape, intimate partner violence, incest, child sexual abuse, any unwanted sexual contact, human trafficking, sexual exposure, and even voyeurism. Sexual violence is not limited to any age group and can be experienced by children, teens, adults, and even elders. Anytime someone is forced or intimidated into unwanted sexual activity without consent they experience sexual violence. Anyone who uses fear, the influence of alcohol or drugs, or takes advantage of age, illness, or disability is perpetrating sexual violence.
How prevalent is sexual violence? One in six boys and one in four girls will experience a sexual assault before the age 18 (Dube et al., 2005). What does that mean? In a classroom of 30 second graders 7 girls and 5 boys will…
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