Sexual Assault Awareness Month opportunity to educate
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a crucial time to raise consciousness about this epidemic. The victims of sexual assault tend to be young (44 percent are under the age of 18, and 80 percent are under 30) and female (nine out of 10 rape victims are girls and women). While the media would have you believe that the most likely assailant is a stranger predator, that is not the case. It may astonish you to learn that two-thirds of sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knew, and 38 percent are by a friend or acquaintance. To curb this violence, we need to educate our boys about the role of gender expectations in sex and violence. And we need to make them understand the ...