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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Just a short plug. I promise.

I know that most months have lots of things going on in them - and April, in fact, has Child Abuse Prevention Month and Victims of Crime Week, as well as I'm sure, a few hundred other themes - but, if you get a chance, sometime during the month, to just speak out about sexual assault - of children or adults - it would be awesome.

Some small things you could do:
- Confront someone who says something victim-blaming ("she shouldn't have been wearing that," "well, she was drunk," "he could've stopped it if he fought back")
- Let people know that it is sexual assault awareness month
- Educate people on some of the stats: 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted before the age of 18
- Participate in your local events: Take Back the Night, Denim Day, Vagina Monologues, etc.
- Donate time or money to your local crisis center
- Support friends or family who have been assaulted by not judging them, providing them with options, and getting more information/education/support for yourself

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