Empowering & Educating for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Community Health Charities is empowering individuals to take action by raising awareness about the signs of sexual assault.
The 2015 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) reports that more than 1 in 3 women and nearly 1 in 4 men have experienced sexual violence involving physical contact at some point in their lives.
Victims of sexual assault or sexual violence may demonstrate the following behaviors:
- Signs of depression
- Self-harming behaviors
- Anxiety about places or situations that were not present in the past
- Unusual weight gain or loss
- Changes in self-care, such as paying less attention to hygiene and appearance
- Increase in alcohol or drug use
Since sexual assault and violence a can lead to short and long-term physical and mental health problems, check out our mental health resources for access to hotlines, programs, and more.