National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April 2014)

Sexual violence—including child sexual abuse—crosses all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds. According to the Child Maltreatment 2012 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Children's Bureau,  62,936 cases of child sexual abuse were reported in the United States in 2012—9.3 percent of the total number of reported maltreatment cases that year.  The National Sexual Violence Resource Center has designated April as National Sexual Assault Awareness month, in recognition of the widespread prevalence of sexual assault nationwide.  This April, the 2014 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign is focused on healthy sexuality and young people. Although the amount of sexual violence is alarming, there is hope for survivors.  NCTSN member Esther Deblinger, PhD, an expert in the field of child sexual abuse (and co-director of the CARES Institute) says, "There is increasing evidence that, with support from a caring adult and high-quality treatment, many children and parents effectively recover and may feel stronger and closer as a family in the aftermath of a traumatic experience."

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is proud to observe National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and offers the resources listed below to help educate families and communities, mental health and victim services professionals, and policy makers about the profound impact that sexual violence has on men, women, and children.

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For Families and Communities

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Injury and Violence Prevention and Control

  • Sexual Violence: Facts At A Glance (2012) (PDF)
    Provides statistics on sexual violence experienced by adults, youth, and children; on the prevalence of sexual assault prevalence among specific populations; on the prevalence of assault-related injuries; and on perpetrators.
  • Understanding Sexual Violence Fact Sheet (2012) (PDF)
    Describes what sexual violence is, why it is a problem, who is at risk, and how to prevent it; includes resources for more information.

National Center for PTSD

  • Child Sexual Abuse
    Defines child sexual abuse and its effects, provides facts on abusers, and recommends books on the subject.  Offers suggestions to caregivers on what to do if they suspect sexual abuse and on how to help keep children safe from sexual abuse.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center
An information and resource center on all aspects of sexual violence.

Office on Women's Health and Womenshealth.gov

Stop it Now! Together We Can Prevent the Sexual Abuse of Children
A nonprofit organization that helps prevent the sexual abuse of children by mobilizing adults, families, and communities to take actions that protect children before they are harmed.

 

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For Mental Health and Victim Services Professionals

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Crime Victims Research & Treatment Center

  • Child Physical and Sexual Abuse: Guidelines for Treatment (2004) (PDF)
    Presents guidelines that were developed through a collaboration between the National Crime Victims Research & Treatment Center, the Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress, and the Office for Victims of Crime.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center
An information and resource center on all aspects of sexual violence.

Office for Victims of Crime

 

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For Policy Makers

National Alliance to End Sexual Violence
"An organization that helps ensure that services are available for sexual violence victims; and advance[s] and strengthen[s] public policy on behalf of state coalitions, individuals, and other entities working to end sexual violence.”

National Sexual Violence Resource Center
An information and resource center on all aspects of sexual violence.

 

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