Sexual Assaut Awareness and Prevention Month (#SAAM) is underway.
With nearly one in five women suffering sexual assault by the time they're through college, it's time we start talking about it.
One of the first steps to ending sexual assault is education about how to spot it.
Do you know the signs?
- 54% of young males say they couldn't recognize the signs of dating violence or sexual assault.
- 33% of young females say they don't know the signs of sexual assaut.
So what does sexual abuse look like?
It's not what we see on television with a stranger lurking in the bushes as night. Most who've experienced sexual assault knew the person. It happens across all genders, sexual orientations and financial backgrounds.
It includes any unwanted activity - kissing, rough or violent sex, refusing condoms - and can happen whether or not you've already had sex.
The thing to remember is you never have to do anything you don't want to do. Whether you're in a relationship with the person or just hooking up, they need to respect your boundaries.
Take a minute to read over some posts we've written in the past about recognizing the warning signs of sexual abuse and ways to get or offer help.
- Yes Means Yes
- Hooking Up Healthy
- I'll Behave I Promise
- If You Don't Want to You Don't Have To: Info About Sexual Coersion
- Would You Stop Yourself?
Tell us what you think. Do you know the signs?