Redfield Crisis Center takes part in Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Monday, May 29, 2017
According to research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18. Due to the widespread prevalence of sexual assault, on April 1, 2001, the United States set aside the month of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) for the first time nationally. “Since then, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center promotes national unity for SAAM activities. We encourage interaction and feedback from across the nation. This builds momentum to prevent sexual violence,” states the National Sexual Violence Resource Center website, www.nsvrc.org. “This year, the SAAM campaign is ‘Engaging New Voices.’ The focus will be on involving coaches, faith leaders, parents, Greek Life, and bystanders with preventing sexual assault.” In Redfield, South Dakota, the Family Crisis Center leads the way for sexual assault prevention and recovery. In 2016, the Family Crisis Center answered a total of 3,235 calls having to do with domestic abuse, sexual assault and elder abuse. Three percent of the Family Crisis Center’s calls were sexual assault calls and one of them pertained to sex trafficking. During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Family Crisis Center also aims to prepare adolescents at Redfield High School for college by raising awareness about sexual assault on college campuses.