Sexual violence—including child sexual abuse—crosses all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds. According to the Child Maltreatment 2014 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services'Children's Bureau, 58,105 cases of child sexual abuse were reported in the United States in 2013—8.3 percent of the total number of reported maltreatment cases that year. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center has designated April as National Sexual Assault Awareness month, in recognition of the widespread prevalence of sexual assault nationwide. This April, the 2016 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign is focused on healthy sexuality and young people. Although the amount of sexual violence is alarming, there is hope for survivors. NCTSN member Esther Deblinger, PhD, an expert in the field of child sexual abuse (and co-director of the CARES Institute) says, "There is increasing evidence that, with support from a caring adult and high-quality treatment, many children and parents effectively recover and may feel stronger and closer as a family in the aftermath of a traumatic experience."
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is proud to observe National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and offers the resources listed below to help educate families and communities, mental health and victim services professionals, and policy makers about the profound impact that sexual violence has on men, women, and children.