April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
To learn more about the national campaign, please visit the National Sexual Violence Resource Center at http://www.nsvrc.org/saam.
Important Safety Information
For victims of abuse, using a computer at home, or where an abuser has access to it, can be very dangerous. It is impossible to erase all computer history. Additionally, spyware can be installed onto your computer without your knowledge and give the abuser ways to track and monitor your computer activity.
We highly recommend that you use a computer that you know is “safe,” and one in which the abuser has no access. You can go to a trusted friend’s home, a public library, or a rape crisis or domestic violence program in your community. You can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224 and the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
- Every year, an estimated 1 in 8 college women is raped, and in 85% of those assaults, the women knew their attacker. (Texas Woman's University, 2007)
- Approximately 1 out of every 6 women in the United States has experienced attempted or completed rape. (Tjaden & Thoennes, 2006)
- A study of sexual assault of adult males found that more than 10% of male victims had cognitive disabilities. (Journal of Interpersonal Violence 19 (2004): 907)
- An estimated 12% of women attending American colleges have been raped, and 12% of rapes of college women were reported to law enforcement. (Washington, DC: NIJ, 2007)
- Major depressive disorder affects an estimated one-third of all women who are raped, often for an extended period of time.
One-third of women who are raped contemplate suicide and 17% attempt suicide. (Washington, DC: Department of Veteran Affairs, 2004)
- In 2008, victims age 12 or older experience a total of 203,830 rapes or sexual assaults. (Michael Rand, “Criminal Victimization, 2008”)
- 81% of rape or sexual assault victims in 2008 were female. (Michael Rand, “Criminal Victimization, 2008”)
- In a 2007 national survey, 4.5% of state and federal prison inmates reported experiencing sexual victimization. Ten facilities in the survey had victimization rates of 9.3% or higher, and six facilities had no reported incidents. (Washington, DC: Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2007)
- In 2005, nearly half of female rape victims experienced either drug-facilitated or incapacitated rape. (Charleston, SC: Medical University of South Carolina, 2007)
- Rape survivors who had the assistance of an advocate were significantly more likely to have police reports taken and were less likely to be treated negatively by police officers. These women also reported that they experienced less distress after their contact with the legal system. (Rebecca Campbell, “Rape Survivors’ Experiences with the Legal and Medical Systems: Do Rape Victim Advocates Make a Difference?” Violence Against Women 12 (2006): 30)
- American Indian and Alaskan Native women are two times as likely to experience rape or sexual assault as white, African American, or Asian-American women. (Washington, DC: BJS-accessed 10/8/2009)
Ohio Department of Health
The Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prevention Program (SADVPP) seeks to improve the health status of Ohio women by identifying issues that affect women’s health and developing programs to address those issues. These programs include those that address sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and services. The SADVPP works in partnership with other state and non-profit agencies to implement statewide programs.
Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prevention Program
246 North High Street – 8th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence
RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network)