Each year, Family Services joins others across the state and nation to recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Even through the lens of a global pandemic, it’s important to remember that education and awareness remain a priority.

• Based on 2018-19 data, nearly 2,500 North Carolina children under the age of 18, and more than 6.700 adults were sexually assaulted.
• 28 percent of those victims were assaulted by a relative.
• Another 28 percent were assaulted by an acquaintance.
• Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted.
• 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape.
• About 3 percent of American men – or 1 in 33 – have experienced an attempted or completed rape.
• 8 out of 10 perpetrators in sexual assault cases are known to the victim.
• 83 percent of sexual assaults occur in or near a victim’s home.

The truth is, at times like these, victims and survivors of sexual assault could be isolated and confined in or near their homes where sexual abuse may be taking place.

We also know that because of the potential close proximity of perpetrators, coming forward to report incidents of sexual assault can sometimes be challenging at times like this.

That’s why Family Services domestic violence and sexual assault hotlines stand ready to assist and support.

If you or someone you know has experienced unwanted sexual contact by a partner, friend, family member, stranger or acquaintance, please contact us.

Sexual Assault Crisis Line

336-722-4457

You are not alone.