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Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

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In the wake of the #MeToo movement, more information and stories have been shared to help spread awareness that sexual violence can happen anywhere, at any time, to anyone. Nearly 1 in 5 women in the United States have experienced rape or attempted rape at some time in their lives, and 1 in 67 American men have experienced rape or attempted rape.

This year, Sexual Assault Awareness Month hopes to focus its attention on the prevention of sexual harassment, abuse and assault by promoting the importance of consent in relationships, whether sexual or otherwise. The #IAsk campaign aims to shed light on what consent means within these relationships. Consent is more than just asking if a person is OK with having sex—it is about listening to the other person, and accepting and understanding their answer without coercion or pressure against their wishes.

For more information on the #IAsk campaign or Sexual Assault Awareness Month, please visit www.nsvrc.org/saam.

Take Action

Awareness only goes so far toward improving your health—you also need to take action. Use this section to track your weekly progress as you establish your healthier lifestyle.

Week 1 (3/31-4/6) Create a wellness plan

What do you want to improve this month? Set a short-term health goal and a plan for achieving it.

Week 2 (4/7-4/13)Get started

Are you ready? Begin your plan and stick to it.

Week 3 (4/14-4/20)Look for improvement

How are you doing? Think about what’s working with your plan and if you need to adjust it.

Week 4 (4/21-4/27)Keep going

Are the adjustments helping? Continue with your revised plan and finish the month strong.

Week 5 (4/28-5/4) Reflect

Did you reach your goal? Consider what worked with the plan and what should change next month.