Every 2 minutes in the United States someone is raped, leaving 1 out of every 6 American  women a victim of  an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. According to the U.S.  Department of Justice’s 2007 National  Crime Victimization Survey, there were 248,300  victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault…these  figures do not include victims 12  years old or younger, for which 15% of sexual assault and rape victims are  under age 12.

In the late 1970s women’s groups began to organize protests against violence in England with  Take Back the  Night marches. These women-only protests emerged in direct response to the  violence that women  encountered as they walked the streets at night.  Following the  movement against sexual violence the  National Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCASA)  informally polled state sexual assault coalitions to  determine when to have a national Sexual  Assault Awareness Week in the late 1980′s.  Sexual Assault  Awareness Month (SAAM) was set  to raise awareness of sexual violence and increase prevention. Across the  country special  events will take place over the next month to highlight the use of sexual violence, and its  effects as a major public health issue. Much of the events will be hosted with an aim to  reinforce the increased  need for prevention programs.

The 2011 national Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign’s theme is; “It’s time …  to get  involved.”  The 2011 SAAM campaign explores common, everyday behaviors and offers  individuals viable,  responsible ways to intervene. Every year one day is designated as day for  supporters to rally and take viable  action to bring awareness too and prevent sexual assault.    This year the SAAM Day of Action will be observed  on: Tuesday, April 5, 2011, a day set to  specifically focus awareness on sexual violence prevention. The  National Sexual Violence  Research Center (NSVRC), visit the Community Activities page for ideas on how to  observe  the day and to post your events on the online calendar.

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