Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)
The month of April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). In 2005, NASW partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), Family Violence Prevention Fund, American Medical Association (AMA), College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and state and federal government offices to promote the prevention of sexual violence.
As reported by the CDC, the survivors of sexual violence encounter significant problems that are both long and short term. The physical effects and mental health issues that are associated with sexual violence may include: pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, chronic pain, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and depression. Oftentimes, the victims of sexual assault may experience social isolation as well as strained relationships with family and friends.
NASW supports and promotes the national SAAM initiative and is proud to recognize this year’s campaign It’s About Time to Prevent Sexual Violence: Speak Out.