April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). However, it’s more than a monthly theme or acronym; it’s a public health problem involving millions of children and adults in the United States. NSVRC provides practical information on understanding sexual violence and ways which everyone can help increase prevention. For example, sexual violence is defined as any type of unwanted sexual contact, ranging from sexist attitudes and actions to rape and murder. Sexual violence can include words and actions of a sexual nature against a person’s will.
Various statistics and studies report:
What Can You Do?There is support and help! The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is an organization that provides resources and research findings to help make the world safer and healthier.
Sexual Assault and Health Care
Sexual assault victims can suffer from short-term or long-term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and possibly need increased health care.5 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 find a provider in your area.
Individuals can help play a role in creating a safe environment by:
The Teal Ribbon
The teal ribbon represents SAAM. Get involved by becoming informed and prepared to help yourself and/or others. In crisis situation, contact 1-800-656-4673 or find more information at www.nsvrc.org.
Sexual assault is a public health issue. Get better informed with NSVRC resources and health care coverage options.
Most recent update: 10/26/2017.V.3
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