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Recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 28, 2020

April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) which provides the opportunity to address and bring awareness to these egregious acts of violence, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, and stalking.

In 2018, the FBI reported 55.5 rapes reported per 100,000 in Utah, and nearly half a million victims of assault reported every year in the nation. However, sexual assault is largely unreported crime. The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) estimates that only 230 out of every 1,000 assaults are reported to law enforcement.

This month, and throughout the year, the Utah Attorney General’s Office remains committed to combatting sexual assault in Utah. We stand with survivors of sexual assault and are devoted to ensuring the safety of our communities. Our staff works tirelessly to stop sexual assault and bring perpetrators to justice.

During the COVID-19 crisis, resources are still available for Utahns who have been sexually assaulted. Rape kits are still being collected at hospitals across the state, with medical care and trauma support available 24/7. Rape crisis centers continue to operate remotely. If you have been sexually assaulted, you are not alone in this. Remember, social distancing doesn’t mean you are distanced from help.  

If you or someone you know is in a violent relationship or has been sexually assaulted, please call the Rape & Sexual Assault Crisis Line at 1-888-421-1100. 

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Recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The Utah Attorney General’s office wants to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate the public about how to protect themselves.

This issue is a priority for Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes and everyone who works here. Our staff works tirelessly to stop sexual assault, to bring perpetrators to justice, and ensure the safety of Utah communities.

We’re also proud to support and work with community partners to break the cycle of abuse and prevent sexual assaults from taking place in domestic situations as well as in work and campus environments. From Attorney General Reyes’ efforts to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (or VAWA),  to collaborative efforts with NGOs, corporate, and non-profit partners, we can make a difference by continuing to educate and raise awareness of the horror of all types of abuse while doing everything to lift victims and survivors to a safe place.

The theme of this year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month, headed up by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, is “I ASK”. For more information on the history of SAAM and resources available, please visit https://www.nsvrc.org/saam

If you or someone you know is in a violent relationship or has been sexually assaulted, please call the Rape & Sexual Assault Crisis Line at 1-888-421-1100.

FanX Hotline: There for those who need it

FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention worked hard to create an atmosphere of safety for all at this year’s convention. The Utah Attorney General’s Office was a partner in the process, providing and hosting a 24/7 harassment hotline made available to all attendees.

The hotline received two calls regarding complaints about sexual harassment/assaults over the weekend. These calls were relayed back to Salt Lake City PD for further investigation.

The other twelve calls included people calling to make sure the line was set up and working, looking for the hospitality area or lost wallets, accidental dials, or issues with the celebrity photo-ops/autographs area.

The Utah Attorney General’s Office applauds FanX’s efforts to create a culture where bullying, abuse, assault, or harassment of any kind is not tolerated. 

In addition to the hotline, FanX is working on several initiatives to make the conference safer for all. You can read more information about how below. 

KSL: FanX 2018 is all about the fans, celebrity guests, organizers say

Salt Lake Tribune: All-women panel reckons with past harassment at FanX and grapples with how to make geek culture safe for all

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