Sexual Assault Awareness: April 2021

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is a time dedicated to child abuse education, awareness  and  prevention.

Current data from  The Centers for Disease Control  is  as follows:

  • Sexual violence is common. More than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced sexual violence involving physical contact during their lifetimes. Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 38 men have experienced completed or attempted rape and 1 in 14 men was made to penetrate someone (completed or attempted) during his lifetime.
  • Sexual violence starts early. One in 3 female rape victims experienced it for the first time between 11-17 years old and 1 in 8 reported that it occurred before age 10. Nearly 1 in 4 male rape victims experienced it for the first time between 11-17 years old and about 1 in 4 reported that it occurred before age 10.
  • Sexual violence is costly. Recent estimates put the cost of rape at $122,461 per victim, including medical costs, lost productivity, criminal justice activities, and other costs.

During National Child Abuse Prevention Month it  is our collective responsibility to protect America’s children and strengthen America’s families. We must work together to shine the light on this epidemic  not only during April, but throughout  the year.

The Law Office of Tahira Khan Merritt is a Trauma Informed  law firm. We exclusively represent child and adult  victims of sexual abuse and sexual assault in civil cases. We stand ready to help you with your legal needs.  For more than  twenty-five years, we have represented victims of sex crimes in civil cases against institutions, including colleges and universities, religious organizations, such as the Catholic Church, Baptist Church, Greek Orthodox Church, Episcopal Church, and Presbyterian Church, among others. We have also represented victims of sexual abuse in  medical settings,  group homes,  schools,  youth sports organizations,  youth camps, daycares, scouting, and other youth serving organizations.

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