April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and provides an opportunity to highlight year-round efforts to aid those affected by sexual violence and work to prevent future sexual assaults.
Through local and national events and campaigns, Sexual Assault Awareness Month highlights sexual violence as a preventable problem.
Did you know that you probably talked to someone today who has been a victim of sexual assault? Maybe it was a family member, a friend, or a cashier at a convenience store. If not today, then at some point in your life, you've met someone that has dealt with the pain, the emotional distress, and countless other long-term effects of sexual abuse.
You might not know this about them; they might not ever tell you. But we know that one in two women and one in four men in Colorado have experienced sexually violent crimes in their lifetime.
The goal of Sex Assault Awareness Month is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.
By working together, we can highlight sexual violence as a major public health issue and reinforce the need for prevention efforts. For more information about this topic contact Advocates for a Violence-Free Community at 970-725-3442 or visit www.gcadvocates.org.
- Grand County Advocates