Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

SAAM 2017


  • Late 1970s women in England held a protest against the violence that was happening to them as they were walking through the streets at night. They called this Take Back the Night.
  • 1978 San Francisco and New York City held their first Take Back the Night.
  • Late 1980 The National Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCASA) choose a week in April for Sexual Assault Awareness Week. Which late began a national month because of the frequency of sexual violence event throughout the month rather than a week.
  • 2000 the color teal was chosen for the month of April.
  • April 1, 2001 The U.S. first observed Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) nationally.

April 4th, 2017- SAAM Day of Action

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault can be defined as any type of unwanted sexual contact, ranging from sexist attitudes and actions to rape and homicide. Sexual assault can include words and actions of a sexual nature against a person’s will.

Who is NSVRC?

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) coordinates the national Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign each year. NSVRC leads the U.S. in promoting comprehensive prevention of sexual violence through research, resources and collaboration. NSVRC provides access to information and tools that make communities safer and leads partnerships to develop effective policies and programs that can affect meaningful and lasting change.

What is SAAM?

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) occurs annually in April to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it. This campaign promotes actions that individuals and communities can take to promote safety, respect, and equality to stop sexual assault before it happens.





Why is prevention important?

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 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old.

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, 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 by promoting safe behaviors, thoughtful policies and healthy relationships. We can create safe and equitable communities where every person is treated with respect.

How to support our work during SAAM and every day: 

Sexual assault prevention requires many voices. This campaign helps individuals and communities understand what role they can play. By promoting and creating these changes will help to make the cultural shift necessary to eliminate sexual violence once and for all.



Let’s stop reading the statistics and start changing them!