Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)
Spicy Wear will be bringing awareness to sexual assault with our new Teal line. All profits from this line will be going to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (https://www.nsvrc.org/donate) whose mission is to 'provide research & tools to advocates working on the frontlines to end sexual harassment, assault, and abuse with the understanding that ending sexual violence also means ending racism, sexism, and all forms of oppression.'
Each product features a solid teal color and a high quality embroidered Sexual Assault Awareness Ribbon. The color teal symbolizes trust, devotions, and healing- all of which play an important role in SAAM.
Our Mission With this Line
Our mission is to bring attention to the prevalence of sexual assault and educate communities, individuals, and relatives about how to prevent it. Prior to the release of the Teal line, we set up a forum for survivors to share their story and empower others to do the same. Read the information below to learn more about sexual assault and show support to those who have experienced it.
The term sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim. Some forms of sexual assault include:
-Fondling or unwanted sexual touching
-Forcing a victim to perform sexual acts, such as oral sex or penetrating the perpetrator’s body
-Penetration of the victim’s body, also known as rape⁸
- On average, there are 463,634 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States.¹
- As of 1998, an estimated 17.7 million American women had been victims of attempted or completed rape. ⁴
- 82% of all juvenile victims are female. 90% of adult rape victims are female.⁵
- Females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.²
- Women ages 18-24 who are college students are 3 times more likely than women in general to experience sexual violence. Females of the same age who are not enrolled in college are 4 times more likely.⁶
- As of 1998, 2.78 million men in the U.S. had been victims of attempted or completed rape.⁴
- About 3% of American men—or 1 in 33—have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. ⁴
- 1 out of every 10 rape victims are male. ⁷
1. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Crime Victimization Survey, 2019 (2020). Note: RAINN applies a 5-year rolling average to adjust for changes in the year-to-year NCVS survey data.
2. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Sex Offenses and Offenders (1997).
2. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Crimes Against the Elderly, 2003-2013 (2014).
4. National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey (1998). (Statistic presents information on the total number of male and female victims in the United States, using a study from 1998. Because the U.S. population has increased substantially since then, it is probable that the number of victims has, as well. RAINN presents this data for educational purposes only, and strongly recommends using the citations to review any and all sources for more information and detail.)
5. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Sexual Assault of Young Children as Reported to Law Enforcement (2000).
6. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Rape and Sexual Victimization Among College-Aged Females, 1995-2013 (2014).
7. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Female Victims of Sexual Violence, 1994-2010 (2013).
8. “Victims of Sexual Violence: Statistics.” RAINN, https://www.rainn.org/statistics/victims-sexual-violence.
National Sexual Assault Hotline
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