April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month in the United States. Everyday, everyone, everywhere deserves to feel safe from sexual assault.

Meno Martha and Sexual Assault Awareness Month
In Understanding Sexual Violence: What Is Sexual Violence? the [United States] National Sexual Violence Resource Resource Center explain:

  • “Sexual violence is any type of unwanted sexual contact – including sexual assault and rape
  • This can include words and actions like sexual harassment, catcalling, and nonconsensual sharing of private images such as “revenge porn””.

In Violence Prevention: Sexual Violence the [United States] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledge:

Meno Martha and Sexual Assault Awareness Month“Sexual violence (SV) is a significant problem in the United States. SV refers to sexual activity when consent is not obtained or not given freely. Anyone can experience SV, but most victims are female. The person responsible for the violence is typically male and usually someone known to the victim. The person can be, but is not limited to, a friend, intimate partner, coworker, neighbor, or family member”.

In Sexual Assault the [United States] Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services Womenshealth.gov elaborate on:

“Sexual assault is any type of sexual activity or contact that you do not consent to. Sexual assault can happen through physical force or threats of force or if the attacker gave the victim drugs or alcohol as part of the assault. Sexual assault includes rape and sexual coercion. In the United States, one in three women has experienced some type of sexual violence. If you have been sexually assaulted, it is not your fault, regardless of the circumstances”.

And menopause can be a time when the past refuses to remain silent. In Health & Emotions: Depression, Anxiety & Menopause the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health elaborate on:

“Emotional health during menopause is also more likely to be influenced by previous experiences of prior traumatic events like past sexual abuse for example. Women often seek counselling at menopause and want to work through traumas they have previously experienced. This time of life seems to allow things to come to the surface”.

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Last Updated: 30 April 2018 – Last Revised: 30 April 2018
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