April: National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and National Child Abuse Prevention Month

saam_tealribbon_pngThe month of April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and Child Abuse Prevention Month. Throughout the years, Lauren’s Kids has honored this national month of significance through donation drives for child advocacy and sexual assault treatment centers and awareness-raising activities including our ‘Walk in My Shoes’ journey across Florida and the broadcast of 30-minute Lauren’s Kids-produced television program ‘Intimate Crimes.’

In 2017, we will be inviting lawmakers and Floridians statewide to walk in the shoes of those affected by sexual violence through the ‘Walk in My Shoes’ display at the Florida Capitol.

One out of every 6 women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime, and about 3 percent of men have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetimes. or attempted or completed rape in their lifetimes.  On average, there are 321,500 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States.

We know that 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys will become a victim of sexual abuse before their 18th birthday, and 45 percent of these victims will not disclose abuse for 5 or more years. There are 42 million survivors of child sexual abuse living in the U.S. today.

Survivors of sexual abuse face lifelong consequences including mental health issues, substance abuse, PTSD, lost wages and more. While this information is grim, 95% of sexual abuse IS preventable through education and awareness.