Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention: April, 2021

Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention: April, 2021

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is a time dedicated to child abuse education, awareness, and prevention.

Current data from The Centers for Disease Control is as follows:

  • Sexual violence is common. More than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced sexual violence involving physical contact during their lifetimes. Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 38 men have experienced completed or attempted rape and 1 in 14 men was made to penetrate someone else (completed or attempted) during his lifetime.
  • Sexual violence starts early. One in 3 female rape victims experienced it for the first time between 11-17 years old and 1 in 8 reported that it occurred before age 10. Nearly 1 in 4 male rape victims experienced it for the first time between 11-17 years old and about 1 in 4 reported that it occurred before age 10.
  • Sexual violence is costly. Recent estimates put the cost of rape at $122,461 per victim, including medical costs, lost productivity, criminal justice activities, and other costs.

As advocates, it is our collective responsibility to protect America’s children and strengthen families. We must work together to shine the light on this epidemic not only during April, but throughout the year. For additional information please select the link below for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for prevention Sexual Violence: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/sexualviolence/fastfact.html

Author: Tahira Khan Merritt, Esq.

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