Sexual Assault Awareness Month
by elle ross / crosspost
Saturday, Mar. 26, 2005 at 11:11 PM
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SAAM stands for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Over time, April has become quite widely recognized as the month for making a concerted effort to raise awareness of sexual assault through special events, although such activities may occur at any time.
“Throughout the United States, people recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Rape Crisis Centers throughout the nation agreed upon this date during a meeting of the membership of the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault in the late 1980's. The purpose was to coordinate at a nationwide level to educate and promote understanding about sexual assault and its prevention. The purpose of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is to increase the public's understanding about sexual violence in our society. This effort can help communities support rape and sexual assault survivors, victims, and their families, as well as the individuals and agencies that provide rape crisis intervention and prevention services throughout the year. It is also a time to encourage the public to take steps to address sexual violence. The hope is that a month of intensified awareness efforts combined with the broad spectrum of sexual violence prevention work throughout the year will bring us closer to ending sexual assault.”