April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and our legal team at Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. wants to help educate the general public about sexual violence and what local communities can do to prevent it.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is a nationally-recognized campaign that was started in 2000 by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) after the organization led a poll, asking sexual violence coalitions about the desired month, symbol, and color for sexual violence awareness activities. As a result of the poll, the teal ribbon was chosen as the symbol for sexual assault awareness.
The yearly coordinated campaign provides the public with tools, resources, and graphics they can use to raise awareness about this important issue. This year’s theme for the campaign is “I Ask,” which sends the message that consent is a healthy, normal, and necessary part of everyday interactions.
What Is Consent?
If you ask for something to happen and the other person gives their permission or agrees with your request, then they have given their consent. The person must know specifically what they’re agreeing to in order to give consent.
What Doesn’t Count as Consent?
- Just because someone doesn’t say “no,” doesn’t mean they are saying “yes.”
- Phrases like, “um… I guess,” or an unsure “yes,” indicate the other person doesn’t want to do what they are being asked to do.
If you are unsure, ask your partner about their feelings or suggest you do something else. Talking to your partner about what they want to do will ensure any sex acts that occur are consensual. Always pay close attention to your partner’s body language. If they seem tense or uncomfortable, you should check on how they are feeling.
Remember, if your partner says “no,” it’s okay. Do your best to reassure them and tell them you appreciate their honesty.
Speak to a Sexual Assault Attorney Today
At Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C., we are dedicated to helping clients who are the victims of sexual assault and abuse. If you were sexually assaulted as an adult or child, you should get in touch with our law firm to discuss all of your options under the law. Our lawyers are here to help you pursue the justice you deserve, we will stand by your side throughout your entire case.
Call (844) 383-0565 to schedule your free consultation with our legal professionals. We are here to serve you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.