April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Vera House will recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month throughout April to raise awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. This year, SAAM is celebrating its 19th anniversary with the theme “I Ask” to empower everyone to put consent into practice. Consent is a clear, concrete example of what it takes to end sexual harassment, abuse, and assault. “I Ask” is the statement by which individuals will demonstrate that asking for consent is a healthy, normal, and necessary part of everyday interactions.
SAAM calls attention to the fact that sexual harassment, assault, and abuse are widespread and impact every person in this community. Rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment harm our community, and statistics show one in five women and one in 67 men will be raped at some point in their lives (Smith et al., 2017).
Child sexual abuse prevention must be a priority to confront the reality that one in six boys and one in four girls will experience sexual assault before age 18 (Dube et al., 2005).
On campus, one in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted during their time in college (Krebs et al., 2007).
Prevention is everyone’s responsibility. All of us can create and promote safe environments. If we feel safe, we can intervene to stop concerning behavior; we can promote and model healthy attitudes and relationships; and we can believe survivors and assist them in finding resources.
A Message to Andrew Cuomo
“The Friends of Andrew Cuomo” spent over $300,000 to launch an ad campaign designed to paint former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as a victim of political attacks because of the sexual harassment claims against him. We cannot allow this gaslighting to continue while the ad revictimizes victims of not only Cuomo’s sexual harassment but ANYONE who has ever experienced abuse. The tactics used by Cuomo and his supporters further represent the barriers that survivors face every day that prevent them from coming forward and getting support.
We at Vera House have asked Andrew Cuomo to take accountability for the harm he has caused on multiple occasions. Instead of admitting to his wrongdoings, he continues to use power and control to suppress and invalidate the truths of the survivors. Today we released a video, produced by Solon Quinn Studios and supported by Survivors’ Network, that sends a powerful message to survivors, "I believe you."
We are asking you to help us amplify the video so that survivors throughout New York and the rest of the world know that we believe and stand with them.
Here’s how to get involved:
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3. Share survivor support resources from your organization
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