Sexual Assault Awareness Month calls to attention the fact that sexual violence is widespread and impacts everyone in our community. In the United States, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men have experienced some form of sexual violence in their lifetime whether it is sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual abuse or rape. Every 92 seconds an American is sexually assaulted. It’s clear that there is a problem, what can we do to prevent it?
The them of this year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month is “I Ask” for consent, and the goal is to empower everyone to put consent into practice in everyday interactions. I ask is a statement where individuals can demonstrate that asking for consent is a healthy, normal, and necessary part of everyday interactions. Asking for consent for anything from borrowing a pencil to asking for a kiss or sex and respecting that person’s decision (no matter what it is), is a clear and concrete way to work towards ending sexual violence.