Sexual assault is a serious and widespread problem. Nearly 1 in 5 women in the United States have experienced rape or attempted rape in their lives, and 1 in 71 men have experienced rape or attempted rape. Nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape at some point in their lifetime (Black et al., 2011).
Sexual assault is a public health issue affecting women, men, children, families and communities. Victims of sexual assault often experience short-term consequences including guilt, shame, fear, numbness, shock and feelings of isolation.
Victims may also experience long-term health risks and behaviors such as PTSD, eating disorders, depression, pregnancy and STIs. But the good news is that prevention is possible and it’s happening.
By promoting safe behaviors, thoughtful policies and healthy relationships, we can create safe and equitable communities where every person is treated with respect.
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