Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Its purpose is to raise awareness of sexual violence and promote its prevention through use of special events and public education. Sexual violence occurs more frequently than most people realize. There is an average of 207,754 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year.1
In his 2011 Proclamation of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month President Obama stated, “Our Nation must continue to confront rape and other forms of sexual violence as a deplorable crime. Too many victims suffer unaided, and too many offenders elude justice. As we mark National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, we recommit to building a society where no woman, man, or child endures the fear of assault or the pain of an attack on their physical well being and basic human dignity….”2
Each year in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month Guardian Angel Community Services sponsors a series of events to help bring awareness to the problem of sexual violence and to assure that survivors of the crime are not forgotten.
1 U.S. Department of Justice. National Crime Victimization Survey. 2006-2010.
2 National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, 2011, by The President of the United States of America, A Proclamation.