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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (#SAAM), Arab American Family Services (AAFS) is participating in an annual global campaign to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.

For the month of April, we will be presenting at local colleges and tabling outside of our office to share information and spread awareness about sexual assault.

AAFS offers a 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline if you need immediate help 708-945-7600.

AAFS provides safety planning, crisis counseling, intervention and prevention, an employment program, educational workshops, legal and court advocacy, and case management services.

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is any type of sexual activity that you do not agree or consent to, including rape. Sexual assault includes any type of touching or fondling of any kind. Sexual assault is considered rape and it is never the victim’s fault. Sexual assault is usually not about sex but about power and control.

Anyone, male or female, can be a victim of sexual assault. A person may experience sexual assault from a friend, family member, or romantic partner. Sexual contact is illegal if inflicted upon a person who is incapable of giving consent because of age, physical incapacity, or mental incapacity.

Marriage does not mean consent

Marriage does not mean consent as rape is non-consensual sex, married or not. It is also one of the most underreported types of sexual assault. Many cultures often have trouble understanding this type of sexual assault because they believe that a spouse is entitled to sex.

Need support? Have questions? Don’t hesitate to call AAFS at (708) 599-2237.

 

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