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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Join Springboard in spreading the word on sexual assault awareness.  Sexual harassment, assault, and abuse happen anywhere, including online.  Below are some statistics and tips to help everyone to be more aware of the early warning signs and perhaps avoid a sexual assault altogether.  

Statistics According to NSVRC.org

  • Thirty-seven (37%) of the total violent victimization experienced was identified as rape, sexual assault, robbery, or aggravated assault.
  • It is estimated that 734,630 people were raped (threatened, attempted, or completed) in the United States in 2018.
  • Rape or sexual assault more than doubled from 1.4 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 12 or older in 2017 to 2.7 in 2018.
  • Most female victims of completed rape (79.6%) experienced their first rape before the age of 25; 42.2% experienced their first completed rape before the age of 18 years.
  • Approximately 1 in 6 women (16.1% or an estimated 19.2 million women) and approximately 1 in 10 men (9.6% or an estimated 10.6 million men) experienced sexual coercion (e.g., being worn down by someone who repeatedly asked for sex, sexual pressure due to someone using their influence or authority) at some point in their lifetime.

Springboard offers a full range of services to children, adolescents, and families who have experienced the effects of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse. We provide a safe, trusting, and nurturing environment where individuals can begin the healing process and make the transition from victims to survivors.

A longtime leader in the treatment of emotional trauma, Springboard partners with the local Child Advocacy Centers (CAC) in  Carroll, Harford, and Howard counties, to provide on-site services to minimize the stress on children, adolescents,  and families. CACs are child-focused facilities where representatives from law enforcement, child protection, criminal justice, mental health, medical health, and victim advocacy work together to conduct interviews and make team decision about investigation, treatment, management, and prosecution of child abuse cases.

Recognizing the Warning Signs 
Rape or sexual assault can happen to anyone, woman or man, and it’s never the victim’s fault. It’s important to know that…

  • Alcohol is a factor in almost all sexual assaults on college campuses.
  • Many perpetrators of sexual assault are someone the victim knows.
  • Sexual assaults can happen on a date or at a party.
  • Be aware of controlling behavior in your date or relationship. Rape is a crime of power and control.
  • Always charge your cell phone and keep it on you.
  • Always carry enough money to take a taxi home.
  • Pay attention to what you hear. A person may have a bad reputation for a reason.
  • Stick with your friends.
  •  Define yourself and your sexual limits. Your sexual limits are yours alone to define. 
  • Avoid secluded places where could be vulnerable.
  • Trust your gut feelings. If you feel you are in a dangerous situation, or that you are being pressured, you’re probably right, and you need to respond.
  • Practice self-defense. Knowing in advance how you would respond to a physical threat greatly increases your chances of escape.
  • Hold on to your drink—even when you go to the bathroom.
  • Make a plan before you go out.

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