Sharing this post about Sexual Assault Awareness Month by our board member Reyna Noriega:

So when I saw #36daysoftype I was reluctant to join in because committing to a 36 day challenge is ALOT and also I've been in a mode of not producing content for contents sake. Sooo Im putting my own spin on it. I'll be doing the 26 letters of the alphabet and associating them to something I'd like to spark awareness of or open a conversation. ⁣⠀
A is for Assault, specifically sexual assault. The month of April is #SAAMSexual assault awareness month. We have been forced to confront the nuances that exist in our society that creates abusers lately. Some are tired of the conversation, but truth be told those are the ones that need to hear it the most. I'm looking forward to a future where we've done what needs to be done to eradicate the cycle, to prevent further victims and support those that exist. Where we collectively stand up for whats right. It is not a contest of who has suffered the most, it is not a debate as to whether it exists, if survivors can be trusted or policing when they should speak out. They exist, too many exist, we exist. ⁣⠀
Understanding the numbers:⁣⠀
-One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives.⁣⠀
-In the U.S., one in three women and one in six men experienced some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime.⁣⠀
-51.1% of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8% by an acquaintance ⁣⠀
-52.4% of male victims report being raped by an acquaintance and 15.1% by a stranger⁣⠀
-Understanding the likelihood of false reports are isolated and microscopic and using them to explain away your lack of empathy continues the cycle. ⁣

EventAnna Cecilia