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The hub for middle and high school students, parents, and educators looking for information, support, and avenues of action against sexual assault.
Each case of sexual assault has a real, tangible cost to survivors and to society at large.
Data is based on Letourneau, Elizabeth J., et al. “The economic burden of child sexual abuse in the United States.” The International Journal of Child Abuse and Neglect, vol. 79, 2018, pp. 413-422. Science Direct, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S014521341830084X.
here is what to know about the history of sexual assault prevention.
Movements for social change and equality began to gain traction in the 1940s and 1950s with the civil rights era. Women of color were one of the first groups to advocate against race-based and gender-based violence.
In the following decades, mobilized survivors and advocates called for legislation and funding to support survivors of sexual assault. This advocacy brought about the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1993.
The act must be reauthorized every 5 years in Congress; it was last reauthorized on March 15, 2022.
The Act also established the Office on Violence Against Women within the Department of Justice.
There is still no one legal definition of consent. In sexual assault cases around the country, prosecution is often hindered by the lack of a universal understanding of consent. We advocate for the definition put forward by the Consent Awareness Network.
Consent is Freely Given, Knowledgeable and Informed Agreement (#FGKIA) by a person with the capacity to reason. This definition means that consent is given without the influence of force, fear, or fraud.
If you or someone you love is affected by sexual assault, reach out to one of these organizations today. They are equipped to advocate on your behalf, no matter where you live.
If you are supporting someone who has been affected by sexual assault, it is crucial to take care of yourself, too. Use this resource from I Have The Right To partner As One Project to do so.