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 the course of 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 2018 is “Embrace Your Voice” to inform individuals on how they can use their words to promote safety, respect, and equality to stop sexual violence before it happens.

Follow our social media campaign and learn how you can embrace your voice by showing respect for survivors, standing up to victim blaming, shutting down rape jokes, correcting harmful misconceptions, promoting everyday consent, and practicing healthy communication with children.

Embrace Your Voice

Embrace your Voice to become an agent of change. The things you say everyday send a message about your beliefs and values. When you stand up for survivors of sexual abuse, you send a powerful message that you believe and support them. Learn the facts here: Embrace Your Voice

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: Understanding Sexual Violence

Everyday Consent

Really, 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. Learn the facts here: Everyday Consent

Communication with Kids

Help the children in your life feel safe by letting them embrace their own voices and make choices about their bodies. Learn the facts here: Healthy Communication with Kids