Every 98 seconds, an individual is sexually assaulted in the United States. One in 5 women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college. And in case these statistics weren’t alarming enough, just know that more than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault, making sexual violence the most prevalent crime to occur in college compared to other crimes.
Sexual violence refers to sexual activity where consent is not obtained or freely given. It ultimately results in the repercussions of psychological, emotional and physical effects on a survivor. No one is protected or exempt from experiencing sexual violence. It is a type of violence that does not discriminate because it could happen to anyone. Nevertheless, it is a widespread problem that needs to be stopped. Remaining silent is not an option because everyone, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability should feel safe from any and all sexual violence.
With that being said, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! It’s time to shatter the silence surrounding the stigma connected to rape culture and strive for a campus and community free of sexual violence. As a strong collective, we can create the opportunity to build a positive community of support.
To those of you who have experienced some sort of sexual violence, you are not do not feel ashamed and do not be afraid. You were never to blame because you are not responsible for what happened to you. But most importantly, please remember that you are not alone.
The fight against sexual violence is alive and well on our campus as this entire month of April is filled with educational events dedicated to spreading awareness and prevention. Please feel free to join us as we refuse to feed into the problem or remain silent, but instead use our voices to become a part of the solution. Be apart of changing the conversation to help erase rape culture and prevent victim blaming.
If you are or know someone who is a survivor of dating or sexual violence, please see SHCS Sexual Violence Advocate and Educator, confidential advocate, Christa Wencl by making an appointment 760-750-4915 or visit the website for more information: http://www.csusm.edu/shcs/advocate/index.html
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Yeah Maybe, No Film Screening – April 10th at 6PM (USU Ballroom)
RAD Self Defense – April 11-13th at 6-10PM (UPD)
Start by Believing Day – April 12th at 11-1PM (MARK Plaza)
Start by Believing Day – April 13th at 11-1PM (USU Arcade)
Clothesline Project – April 18th at 11-1PM (Kellogg Plaza)
TransTalk – April 18th at 6-7:30PM (PRIDE Center)
Healing Through Yoga – April 21st at 12-1:30PM (SHCS – Must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Take Back The Night – April 20th at 6-8:30PM (Forum Plaza)
Denim Day – April 26th All Day (Anywhere)
PRIDEfest – April 27th at 11:30-1PM (Forum Plaza)
Written by Peer Intern: Jacy Fong