Home > 2020 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Violence Intervention Project (VIP) is joining with other organizations across the nation to increase awareness and prevent sexual and domestic violence.

On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States, that’s more than 12 million women and men over a year. One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old. The 2016 MN Department of Health Student Survey indicates that sexual violence is happening in our communities as well.

The theme for 2020 is “I Ask for Consent” to inform individuals on how asking for consent promotes safety, respect, and equality to stop sexual violence before it happens.

Follow our social media campaign and learn how you can spread the message of consent to support survivors, stand up to victim blaming, shut down rape jokes, correct harmful misconceptions, promote everyday consent, and practice healthy communication with children.

Ask for Consent

Ask for consent to become an agent of change. Knowing the difference between asking for respect and accepting the answer sets you apart from the crowd. Become an agent of change and Ask for Consent. Learn the facts here.

Understanding Sexual Violence

Sexual Violence happens in every community. Learn the facts and use your voice to set the record straight on sexual violence. Learn the facts here

Everyday Consent

Consent is about always choosing to respect personal boundaries and emotional boundaries. By practicing consent in everyday situations, you show that you value the choices of others.

Communication with Kids

Help the children in your life feel safe by letting them embrace their voices and make choices about their bodies.