Sexual Assault Awareness Month April 2020, I Believe You

April marks the 19th anniversary of the observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. North Central Texas College is hosting a series of virtual events intended to promote the advocacy, awareness and prevention of sexual assault.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

About Sexual Assault

According the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, sexual violence happens in every community and affects people of all genders and ages. Sexual violence is any type of unwanted sexual contact. This includes words and actions of a sexual nature against a person’s will and without their consent.

Forms of sexual violence include:

  • Rape or sexual assault
  • Child sexual assault and incest
  • Sexual assault by a person’s spouse or partner
  • Unwanted sexual contact/touching
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual exploitation and trafficking
  • Exposing one’s genitals or naked body to other(s) without consent
  • Masturbating in public
  • Watching someone engage in private acts without their knowledge or permission
  • Nonconsensual image sharing
National Sexual Violence Resource Center

What You Can Do

There are many ways for survivors to heal from sexual assault. For some survivors, part of the healing process involves:

  • getting involved in efforts to support other survivors,
  • raising awareness about sexual violence,
  • working towards preventing sexual violence, and
  • getting involved to change laws and policies about the crimes of sexual violence and the treatment of survivors.

Every survivor should consider the impact that such work can have on their own healing process. Only you can judge if you are ready to get involved, but we encourage you to work with someone and what activities would be the best fit for you. If you need to find your local rape crisis center, RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline can also put you in touch with a local support source of support and advice.

After An Assault

NSVRC has a number of resources in our online collection that can provide helpful information about the process of healing from sexual violence, but none of them are as helpful as talking to an advocate, counselor, or therapist about your experiences. RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline can connect you to someone in your area you can talk to.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Sexual Violence by any Perpetrator Statistics

  • Nearly 1 in 5 women (18.3%) and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) in the United States have been raped at some time in their lives, including completed forced penetration, attempted forced penetration, or alcohol/drug facilitated completed penetration.
  • More than half (51.1%) of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8% by an acquaintance; for male victims, more than half (52.4%) reported being raped by an ac-quittance and 15.1% by a stranger.
  • Approximately 1 in 21 men (4.8%) reported that they were made to penetrate someone else during their lifetime; most men who were made to penetrate someone else reported that the perpetrator was either an intimate partner (44.8%) or an acquaintance (44.7%).
  • An estimated 13% of women and 6% of men have experienced sexual coercion in their lifetime (i.e., unwanted sexual penetration after being pressured in a nonphysical way); and 27.2% of women and 11.7% of men have experienced unwanted sexual contact.
  • Most female victims of completed rape (79.6%) experienced their first rape before the age of 25; 42.2% experienced their first completed rape before the age of 18 years.
  • More than one-quarter of male victims of completed rape (27.8%) experienced their first rape when they were 10 years of age or younger.

Every 73

seconds
another American is sexually assaulted

1 in 6

women
has been the victim of sexual violence

1 in 33

men
has been the victim of sexual violence

21%

transgender
genderqueer
nonconforming

college students have been sexually assaulted

8/10

sexual assaults
go unreported

8/10

rapes are committed by
someone the victim knows

Resources


RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network)
800-656-HOPE (4673) (24 hours)

Denton County Friends of the Family
Office:  (940) 387-5131

Crisis:  800-572-4031 or (940) 382-7273 (both 24 hours)
Crisis Text Option:  (940) 382-7273

Denton Outreach Office:
4845 S I-35 E, Suite 200
Corinth, TX 76210

Abigail’s Arms
(940) 665-CURE (2873) (24 hours)

Outreach Office:
1600 Aspen
Gainesville, TX 76240

Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center
Office:  (214) 712-4900
Crisis:  (972) 641-7273 (24 hours)

Administrative Offices:
2801 Swiss Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

Clinical Offices:
11300 N Central Expressway Ste. 601
Dallas, TX 75243

Human Trafficking Resources

National Human Trafficking Hotline
888-373-7877
Text "BeFree" to 233733

C7 Human Trafficking Coalition
888-373-7888

Refuge for Women
(859) 629-1642

You Can Free Us
(940) 725-3200

Poiema Foundation
(469) 757-8888

Young County Resources

Virginia’s House
The mission of Virginia's House is to meet the needs of abused, neglected and traumatized children through programs of prevention, advocacy and support.

729 Elm – PO Box 155
Graham,  TX 76450
Phone: (940) 549-9829
Fax: (940) 549-0302
Email: info@virginiashousetx.org

Graham Area Crisis Center
Serving women in crisis, a non-profit based in Graham, Texas, our mission is to understand the causes and complexities of Women and Children in crisis by providing care, shelter, food and counseling and to help with transitional planning for short and long term goals toward successful independence.

503 2nd St.
Graham, TX 76450
Phone:  (940) 549-6002

Shine On
Shine On is a faith-based organization that provides transitional housing for battered women or women who have been incarcerated and have no other living options.

PO Box 1092
Graham TX 76450
E-mail: info@shineonforwomen.org

Wise Hope Shelter & Crisis Center
Wise Hope Shelter & Crisis Center provides services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Wise, Jack and Montague counties.

608 N Business 287
Decatur, Texas
Phone: (940) 626-4585

I Believe You Denim Day April 29th

History of
denim day

In 1997 in Italy, an 18-year-old girl was raped by her 45-year-driving instructor, who was later convicted and sentenced to jail.

The perpetrator appealed the sentence and his case made it to the Italian Supreme Court where the case was overturned. The instructor was released and the Head Judge released a statement arguing that because she wore tight jeans, he assumed that she must have helped him remove her jeans and, therefore, consented.

Enraged by the verdict, the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans on the steps of the Italian Parliament building.

This was the beginning of what has become a worldwide event and movement to wear jeans as a visible means of protest against misconceptions that surround sexual assault.

Self-Defense 101

Defensive tactics by Graham Police Department for April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Self-Defense Tactics for Women