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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

It is one of the most serious, pervasive yet underreported crimes in the world.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention​ (CDC), in the United States nearly one in five women (22 million) have been raped at some point in their lives, including 1.3 million women in the past 12 months.  ​Sexual Assault Awareness Month is a time to recognize that sexual violence is a major public health, human rights and social justice issue that impacts the well-being of individuals, families and communities.  Our goals for this month are to raise awareness about sexual violence, educate our communities, and share resources for support.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​  Everyone has a role to play in ending sexual violence.  Get the facts and learn more below.

​Get the Facts​


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How many people experience sexual violence?
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Sexual violence is one of the most serious, pervasive yet underreported crimes in the world. It is important that we learn the facts and believe, advocate and support survivors. The statistics​ are alarming: nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 67 men in the U.S. have experienced rape or attempted rape at some time in their lives, and we know that the LGBTQ+ community is disproportionately affected. ​

How can I get help if I am experiencing violence?
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If you or someone you know is experiencing sexual violence, you can access these free resources from home when it is safe for you.

Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline via text or phone at 1-800-799-7233.

Chat online with a trained, confidential advocate through the County's Safe Chat Silicon Valley​ service.  
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If I am a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or human trafficking, what kind of services can I get for myself and my children?
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Four local agencies​ provide free, confidential services to survivors, including emergency shelter and transitional housing, 24-hour crisis hotlines, safety planning, counseling and support groups, legal advocacy, and children and teen programs.  
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What should I do if I witness sexual assault or harrassment?
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We can all do our part in the fight against sexual violence by showing our support to survivors. This can be done by believing and advocating for our survivors, getting informed about sexual violence, standing up to victim blaming, promoting everyday consent practices, and taking time to have these healthy and important conversations with our friends and family. Learn how to be an active bystander​​ and prevent sexual assault.​
What should I do if someone discloses to me?
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For a survivor, disclosing to someone they care about can be very difficult, so we encourage you to be as supportive and non-judgemental as possible. Learn tips​ for talking with survivors of sexual assault.​
Who are the sate-certified rape crisis center service providers for Santa Clara County?
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The YWCA Silicon Valley and Community Solutions​ are the only two state-certified rape crisis center service providers for Santa Clara County and in 201 9 the County of Santa Clara began funding these state-mandated services to ensure that all survivors ofsexual assault can access confidential rape crisis advocates in the community.
How can I help stop sexual violence?
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Last updated: 4/22/2020 6:09 PM