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April 10, 2017

Each year, April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) recognizes anti-sexual assault work as an intrinsic part of working to end domestic violence, since domestic violence often includes some form of sexual violence. While the vast majority of sexual assaults are committed by someone who is not a current or former partner of the victim, the root causes of all forms of gender-based violence are the same, so work to end one kind of victimization will have a positive impact and help end other forms of violence as well.

You can take concrete steps to help prevent sexual assault and support survivors. Here are just a few ways to get involved and raise awareness during SAAM:

The key to preventing gender-based violence is to challenge social norms that allow these crimes to take place. The root causes are inextricably linked to other forms of oppression such as sexism, racism, class bias, heterosexism, and more. Oppression promotes inequality and abuse of power over others, condones various forms of violence and excuses harm. Challenging these attitudes is crucial to the promotion of equality and safety, and ultimately ending violence in all its forms.