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Sexual violence is defined as any type of unwanted sexual contact. It can include language and actions of a sexual nature directed toward another person against their will. It can range from sexist attitudes and actions to rape and even murder.
To foster awareness, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) provides vital information about the nature of sexual violence and ways everyone can help prevent it.
Sexual assault is the most common crime in the United States, and the least reported. Studies reveal:
Sexual assault victims can suffer from short-term or long-term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and may need health care to address the trauma. Although victim services are often offered by the community, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) can help with health care coverage options, including mental health visits. For benefits, call the customer service number on the back of your BCBSIL member ID card or use the Provider Finder® to locate a provider in your area.
All of us can play a role in creating a safe environment.
The teal ribbon is a symbol designed to boost awareness about Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Get involved. Become informed. Be prepared to help yourself and others. In a crisis situation, call the RAINN hotline at 800-656-4673 or find more information at www.nsvrc.org.
Originally published 4/19/2016: Revised 2017, 2021
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