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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month or #SAAM2017 #csusmSAAM

Sexual assault is a serious and widespread problem. - Nearly 1 in 5 women in the United States have experienced rape or attempted rape some time in their lives, and 1 in 71 American men have experienced rape or attempted rape (Black et al., 2011).

Victims of sexual assault often experience short-term consequences including guilt, shame, fear, numbness, shock and feelings of isolation. Victims may also experience long-term health risks and behaviors such as PTSD, eating disorders, depression, pregnancy and STI (Cutajar et al., 2010; Santaularia et al., 2014; Wingwood et al., 2009).

But there is good news! Prevention is Possible! By promoting safe behaviors, thoughtful policies and healthy relationships, we can create safe and equitable communities where every person is treated with respect. Join Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) and other campus departments this month to help stop dating and sexual violence in our communities through various programs on campus. Learn about the issues, pledge to be an active bystander and to have healthy relationships.

For more information about the various events, check out our online calendar with descriptions: http://www.csusm.edu/hope/programevents/calendar.html  Stop by our waiting room to pick up a "I Start by Believing" button to show your support. Thank you!