Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! 
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, SAAM has been moved to social media and this webpage. For more information on the outbreak in the Gorge, visit this site. Follow us on social media here
1 in 5 women and 1 in 6 men are affected by sexual assault in their lifetime. These numbers are even more elevated in communities of color and the LGBTQIA+ community. In order to end sexual violence, we all have to take action. 
Need more information? Click the links below to get the basics on this month's important topics:
Sexual violence is not caused by alcohol, dangerous situations, or short skirts. It's caused by the perpetrator's desire for power and control, which can be achieved through assaulting or demeaning someone else. Thus, to end sexual violence, we have to put a stop to a culture that normalizes rape, excuses rapists, and blames survivors. This is what is often referred to as Rape Culture. 
(Click the video and article below for examples of victim blaming and rape culture)
Other Educational Resources:
How can you make a difference? 
  • Donate to or volunteer at a local sexual assault resource center, like Helping Hands. 
  • De-bunk sexual assault myths circulated by the media and society.
  • Stand up to rape culture by calling it out. Urge companies that release rape culture ads to take them down.
  • Learn how to support survivors of violence if/when they disclose to you. 
  • Educate your friends and family by sharing resources on social media (especially during the month)!
  • Watch or read at least one of the resources listed above.
  • Learn how to be an upstander so that you're prepared when you encounter sexual harassment in public. 
  • Start the conversation early with the young people in your life (around elementary school!) about stating boundaries, understanding consent, and seeking help.
  • Follow our social media accounts and share the content we share there with your followers. Share this website page with you friends and family too! 
  • Give a friend or family member in need the Helping Hands Against Violence hotline number.

SAFETY ALERT: If you are in danger, please call 911, your local hotline 541-386-6603, or
the National Domestic Violence Hotline  1-800-799-7233. If concerned about a computer trail, exit this site now. 

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