Spring into Activism for SAAM
The second week of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is here, and it’s no time to lose momentum. Especially since for the first time, International Anti-street Harassment Week (April 7-13) is a part of SAAM. Have you made the connection between street harassment and sexual violence? The “Talk early, talk often” blog series explored this in a guest post from Holly Kearl on talking to children and young adults about sexual harassment. Over at the Stop Street Harassment blog, I contributed a guest post on the topic of why we need to Meet change in the streets.
While we are making connections, April is also Child Abuse Prevention Month. This is always a relevant connection as sexual violence starts young. According to NISVS, most female victims of completed rape experienced their first rape before the age of 25 and almost half experienced their first completed rape before age 18. Over one-quarter of male victims of completed rape experienced their first rape at or before the age of 10 (Black, et al., 2011). This year, it’s even more fitting as the theme of the SAAM 2013 campaign is healthy childhood sexual development. The tagline “Talk early, talk often” demonstrates how adults can be partners in preventing child sexual abuse, and the involvement of adults is key to all child abuse prevention. The SAAM 2013 campaign resources are great tools in inspire this conversation, including our latest video.