As you know, April is the month to recognize and prevent sexual assault.
According to the Iowa Department of Human Rights, an American is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds. Its definition is:
- Sexual assault is any sexual activity where consent is not given freely. This includes cases where the survivor is unable to give their consent freely. For example, if the survivor of the assault was intoxicated, they are unable to give their consent.
- Sexual assault also includes unwanted sexual contact and non-contact sexual experiences like verbal sexual harassment.
- Sexual assault can be committed by anyone—in fact, the perpetrator is often a friend, partner, family member, or acquaintance.
Here are clips from the Department’s April newsletter with more specifics and contact information for help.
In 2014, when Chrysalis reviewed strategic priorities, safety was confirmed as a basic necessity for all women and girls, and until they are safe, they cannot move on to become confident, educated, and empowered.
Our Chrysalis After-School GirlPower program involves high school girls teaching the basics of safe relationships and violence prevention, and has been tremendously successful.
Please share this information on sexual assault with others to build awareness and provide opportunities for support to those who may need it.