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The Significance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual abuse is one of the most pervasive crimes perpetrated in the United States. In fact, it’s estimated that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will suffer physical sexual violence at least once in their lives, leading to approximately 321,500 reported victims a year. Despite political examinations and social debates, “sexual assault” legally constitutes any unwanted sexual contact or harassment that is executed by means of force or manipulation – in other words, a lack of consent.

Sexual abuse includes, but is not limited to, acts of domestic violence, sexual harassment, assault, and rape. Oftentimes, these actions are committed by a trusted friend, family member, or community figure, pressuring survivors to fear the potential psychological, physical, and social repercussions associated with taking legal action. Fortunately, organizations like the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) work tirelessly every day to educate the public about the realities of sexual assault, consent, and domestic violence.

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Since the early 1900s, groups of survivors and advocates have been working together to organize annual marches and events in an effort to promote positive social change. In 2000, the NSVRC and the Resource Sharing Project polled various sexual violence coalitions to organize an official month of observance, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) was born.

The 2019 “I Ask” Campaign

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is an annual campaign that raises “public awareness about sexual violence and educate[s] communities about how to prevent it.” Each April, the NSVRC kicks off the event with a theme that reflects the organization’s mission statement. This year, the theme is “I Ask,” which “champions the message that asking for consent is a health, normal, and necessary part of everyday interactions.”  The NSVRC website is offering free resources and PDF documents that explain the importance of asking for and recognizing consent in both in-person and online interactions.  

The NSVRC hopes the I Ask campaign can accomplish the following:

  • Educate the public about asking for and recognizing consent
  • Promote healthy sexuality and interpersonal relationships
  • Start a dialogue about questionable or dangerous behaviors
  • Teach parents how to model consent in youths and young adults
  • Educate communities about how to prevent sexual violence
  • Empower survivors by promoting resources and support options
  • Spread awareness about the physical, mental, and financial issues linked to sexual violence

Sexual violence affects people of all genders, ages, races, and sexual orientations. At Bernstein & Poisson, we’ve helped many clients and their families pursue justice and damages in cases relating to sexual assault. Tragically, this includes children and victims of sexual abuse by medical professionals. We have an intimate understanding of the lasting psychological, emotional, and financial challenges people commonly face in the aftermath of an assault. For this reason, we are proud to support Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the NSVRC.

Interested in observing or supporting SAAM? Lend your support in the following ways:

  • Don a teal ribbon!
  • Plan or participate in a community event
  • Share your personal stories and experiences
  • Spread awareness through social media (#30DaysofSAAM)
  • Volunteer at an organization that support sexual violence survivors
  • Donate to the NSVRC or a similar organization
  • Help drive media interest
  • Invite a speaker to your workplace, school, or church

Seek Guidance, Closure & Restitution

Pursuing justice is one path to recovery, and the Las Vegas personal injury lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson firmly believe in protecting the legal rights of victims who choose to hold their assailants accountable for their crimes. During your confidential appointment, we can discuss your case, evaluate potential challenges and legal obstacles, and thoroughly explore your legal options. By investigating the incident – including the perpetrator’s criminal history, we can develop a comprehensive case strategy that aims to recover monetary damages by holding the defendant accountable for their actions.

We offer 24/7 legal services! Contact Bernstein & Poisson today at (702) 602-8869 to schedule a free case evaluation.