Alert! April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Did you know that 24 people per minute are victims of physical violence, rape, or stalking by a partner in the U.S.? Are you part of the solution? Get involved in the fight against sexual violence during Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month!
The definition of sexual assault according to the national center for victims of crime, is it takes many forms including attacks such as rape or attempted rape, as well as any unwanted sexual contact or threats. It usually occurs when someone touches any part of another person’s body in a sexual way, even through clothes, without that person’s consent. Some types of sexual acts which fall under the category of sexual assault includes forced sexual intercourse (rape), sodomy (oral or anal sexual acts), child molestation, incest, fondling and attempted rape.
Sexual assault in any form is often a very devastating crime. Assailants can be strangers, acquaintances, friends, or even worst, family members. Assailants commit sexual assault by way of violence, threats, coercion, manipulation, pressure or tricks. Whatever the circumstances, no one asks or deserves to be sexually assaulted.
Sexual assault can happen in any state, city or country. You are not exempt from the threat of sexual assault. It’s a difficult situation to accept, but the first step toward protecting the members of our community from this harsh reality is encouraging them to become educated about this issue. That’s the aim of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which runs through the end of April every year.
Want to know some easy ways that you can get involved and do your part to support the millions of survivors in the U.S.? You can share and watch the movie “Black Butterfly” that educates and gives a real look into sexual assault and the effects. Or tell a friend about the National Sexual Assault Hotlines (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org). It’s never too late to get help, talk to someone who understands what you’re going through. Support legislation, like the SAFER Act, to eliminate the DNA backlog. Live Help for Sexual Assault Victims and Their Friends and Families is free, confidential and secure.
The film Black Butterfly’s synopsis reads:
About Teen Athlete’s Life Struggles After Rape exclusively at Redbox
Black Butterfly is about 16 year old Ariel – a girl with a dream. Making the Women’s U.S. Swim Team will change her life. Ariel excitedly begins training when… tragedy strikes. She is brutally raped. Her dreams of swimming, relationships, and life are tossed to and fro as she struggles within the aftermath. Should she tell? Should she hide? What will each do to seek revenge? How will they deal with a rapist who is no stranger to their lives? What draws the line between pain and possibility for Ariel? Ariel’s story was beautifully told and the people who love her are extraordinary. It is a must see!