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A Brief History of SAAM

In the State of Washington and nationally, we have selected to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) for the entire month of April.

The recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is an annual event in Washington State. It is a time for individuals and communities to come together to raise awareness and to take action against sexual assault.

The history of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) stems from the early 1970s, when survivors of sexual violence came together and began to speak out against the atrocities they suffered. They held rallies and public speak-outs, and as a result created a movement to end sexual violence. Organizing for what was then called Rape Awareness Week in Washington State was one of the original purposes of WCSAP.

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Reviewed: April 13th, 2015