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Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Home

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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Confidential Resources

Salem Counseling Services: (336) 721-2625

Salem Health Services: (336) 917-5591

Salem Chaplain’s Office: (336) 917-5087

Forsyth County Family Services: (336) 722-4457

National Sexual Assault Hotline: (800) 656-4673

National Sexual Assault Online Hotline

Sexual Assault Awareness

Local Organizations

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Family Services’ professional staff and trained, compassionate volunteers provide crucial services to individuals who have experienced a sexual assault, whether the assault occurred recently or if the incident happened many years ago. The North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault is an inclusive, statewide alliance working to end sexual violence through education, advocacy, and legislation.

National Organizations

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The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is the leading nonprofit in providing information and tools to prevent and respond to sexual violence. 

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline and also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice

National Advocacy Campaigns                  

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For the past 20 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The campaign began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped the person who raped her remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. 

Launched in September 2014, It’s On Us is a national movement to end sexual assault. The campaign was launched following recommendations from the White House Task Force to Prevent Sexual Assault that noted the importance of engaging everyone in the conversation to end sexual violence. 

Our Mission as a charitable 501(c)3 Foundation is to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence.  We serve to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives. People of all backgrounds around the world are taking back their voices by speaking out against these crimes and taking a stand through Take Back The Night. 

Available Online - eBooks

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Films in Gramley Library

Salem College is committed to maintaining a safe learning, living, and working environment for all members of the Salem community in which academic and professional excellence can flourish free from sex discrimination and sexual misconduct.

There are many types of sexual violence. The Salem College Student Handbook includes the following definitions (p.38): 

Rape is penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim. 

Sexual assault is a form of sexual harassment that involves having or attempting to have sexual contact with another person without consent. 

Sexual exploitation is taking sexual advantage of or sexually exploiting another person without their consent, such as the non-consensual videotaping of an individual engaging in sexual activity, the knowing exposure of an individual to a sexually transmitted disease, or the non-consensual observation of an individual engaging in sexual acts. 

Sexual / gender-based harassment is behavior directed at a person of a sexual nature or based on their sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or sex / gender stereotypes, when that behavior is unwelcome and meets one of the following criteria:

  • submission to the behavior is made an express or implied term or condition of employment or education for that person
  • submission to or rejection of the behavior is a factor in an employment or educational decision (such as hiring, promotion, or grading a course) for that person
  • the conduct has the purpose of or could reasonably be judged to have the effect of interfering with the work or educational performance of, or creating a hostile working or learning environment for, that person

Examples of conduct that may constitute sexual / gender-based harassment include, but are not limited to: threats that rejection of sexual advances or requests for sexual favors will impact the educational status of a student; physical assault based on gender identity; severe, persistent, or pervasive unwelcome comments based on the sex or gender of a person that interfere with their participation in school-related activities; a pattern of unwelcome sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes, or anecdotes in classroom or extracurricular activity settings; unwelcome touching, patting, hugging, or brushing against someone; unwanted remarks of a sexual nature about clothing, body, sexual activity, or previous sexual experiences.