Sexual Assault Awareness Month is intended to draw attention to the fact that sexual violence is widespread and has public health implications for every community member of Fredericksburg and the surrounding counties of Caroline, Stafford, King George, and Spotsylvania. Rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment impact our community as seen by statistics indicating that one in five women will have experienced sexual assault by the time they complete college (Fisher, Cullen, & Turner, 2000).
We must work together to educate our community about what can be done to prevent sexual assault and how to support survivors. In that spirit, staff and volunteers of the Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault encourage every person to speak out when witnessing acts of violence however small. With leadership, dedication, and encouragement, there is compelling evidence that we can be successful in reducing sexual violence in our community through prevention education, increased awareness, and holding perpetrators who commit acts of violence responsible for their actions.
The Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault strongly supports the efforts of national, state, and local partners, and of every citizen to actively engage in public and private efforts, including conversations about what sexual violence is, how to prevent it, how to help survivors connect with services, and how every segment of our society can work together to better address sexual violence.