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“It’s Time …To Talk About It!” Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year’s focus is on healthy sexuality and young people. It is important that adults help the young people in their lives develop a healthy basis for relationships through open discussion and information specifically catered to their age group. Use these resources to get you started and then check out the Bureau of Healthy Ohio’s Facebook page throughout the month for more content regarding Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

For Adults:

Being seen as an ally is important but it can be hard to relate to teenagers as an adult. These tips from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) would be helpful to read before starting any discussion with young adults.

While we’ve all been there, it may be hard for adults to remember exactly what it was like to be a teenager. Read “An Overview of Adolescent Sexual Development” from NSVRC to get a refresher on what teenagers experience during their adolescent years.

If you believe that your adolescent has been a victim of sexual assault, it is important to get them the help that they need. The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network has several resources that can help you and your loved one. You can also contact the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence to find resources close you. 


For Teens:

Does your teenager have a Twitter account? Give them information about NSVRC’s “#TweetAboutIt Tuesdays” and help them join the conversation surrounding Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Break The Cycle is a national non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth to end sexual and domestic violence. Their website is full of great resources that are targeted towards young adults who want to help end sexual assault.



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