April has been designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) is excited to partner with public officials, college campuses, law enforcement, victim advocates and communities across California to raise awareness.
Californians will attend public events, web conferences and trainings, fundraisers and marches. SAAM is a month focused on raising awareness and informing the public about what individuals can do to change the culture and to join the movement to end sexual violence in this nation and around the world. Throughout April, advocates and volunteers will canvass neighborhoods, produce public service announcements, reach out to local media, and ask public officials to end violence at college campuses, on the streets and in homes. California’s rape crisis centers serve more than 30,000 survivors of sexual violence and trafficking. National studies suggest nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men experience an act of sexual violence other than rape in their lifetime. From the streets of Los Angeles to the rolling hills of the Sierra Nevadas, every community has been affected by sexual violence.
SAAM 2018 Toolkit
This year’s SAAM toolkit takes key components of The Cost and Consequences of Sexual Violence in California report and highlights the pertinent information we need to share with our communities in order to create greater comprehension of the physical, emotional, social, and economic impact of rape and sexual assault.
Sexual violence is the attempt or completion of a sexual act undertaken without the victim’s freely given consent, which includes rape, sexual harassment, and other sexual assault.
In 2012 an estimated 948,00 California residents were sexually assaulted.
Some victims were assaulted repeatedly during the year, with the total incidents of rape or other sexual assault exceeding 1.1 Million in California.
Families, friends, partners, neighbors, co-workers, and our communities know firsthand the time and resources necessary to recover from rape, harassment and other forms of sexual violence. In order to create a better understanding of the physical, emotional, social and economic impact of rape and sexual assault in California the report details the tangible and intangible costs of sexual violence.
Tangible costs of sexual violence are expenses used to prevent and respond to sexual violence. Tangible costs are a calculation of actual dollars spent. These costs relate to medical and mental health care, property damage, victim services, social services, adjudication, and incarceration.
Intangible costs of sexual violence are estimated losses due to sexual violence throughout the lifespan including lost work productivity, earnings loss, and lost quality of life.
Tangible and intangible costs are ascribed to victims, employers, society, and those who have caused harm.
Sexual Violence cost California a total of $140 Billion in 2012. The tangible costs of sexual violence in California total $9 billion. The intangible costs of sexual violence in California totaled $131 billion.
For five decades advocates, caregivers and law enforcement have responded to the crisis of sexual violence with intervention and services. Prevention reduces risk factors for sexual violence in an effort to stop the violence before it happens. This includes education and training, research, public awareness campaigns, collaborative organizing and community mobilizing, policy change, and media advocacy. Prevention practices reduce incidents and improve our responses to survivors in California.
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These infographics reflect the costs and consequences of sexual violence in California and the need for prevention. You can utilize these when reaching out to supporters, allies, and representatives of the community you serve.
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