April is sexual assault awareness month

As April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Advance-Titan encourages its readers to take a stand to prevent assaults. Sexual assault takes many forms, including attacks, such as rape or attempted rape, or touching another person’s body in any way that is unwanted or inappropriate. Sexual assault can be physically and emotionally devastating for victims. And no matter the circumstances, no one deserves to be put through the devastation of rape or sexual assault. The National Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control website states an estimated 20 to 25 percent of women in college are victims of sexual assault or rape. The website also mentions that one in 22 men also experience sexual assault during their lifetime. According to the National Center for Victims of Crimes website, 73 percent of victims are assaulted by someone they know. The National Center for Victims of Crimes website states less than 39 percent of rape and assault cases are reported. If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault or rape, encourage that person to get help immediately. It is especially important to get in contact with the University Police or Oshkosh Police Department. UW Oshkosh has a number of services on campus to help victims through the aftermath of assaults. The Counseling Center is a free and confidential service for students and is available seven days a week. Victims are also encouraged to go to the Student Health Center to be checked for STDs and other injuries. The Student Health Center is located in Radford and will see students immediately if desired. Whether or not a student has been a victim of sexual assault or rape, students can join CARE/MenCARE. This campus organization is dedicated to raising awareness and preventing sexual assault. The University Police provide tips on how to prevent sexual assault. They include traveling in groups, walking in areas that are well-lit and staying alert to your surroundings. To view more tips to staying safe, visit the University Police website.