What You Need to Know About Sexual Assault

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Sexual violence is a major public health, human rights and social justice issue nationally and in our community.  We need to work together to promote safety, respect and equality to stop sexual violence. It can be as simple as having a conversation with your children or participating in a community event.

What do you need to know about sexual assault?


Sexual Assault Affects Many of Us
  • One in two women and one in six men will experience sexual violence in their lifetime.
  • Only one-third of victims of sexual violence report their assaults.
  • 33 million women in the U.S. have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.
  • Young people experience the highest rates of sexual violence, and youth ages 12-17 are 2.5 times more likely than adults to be victims of rape or sexual assault.
Information provided above by Department of Family Services – Domestic and Sexual Violence Services


Talk To Your Children
“We’re trying to make this topic not so scary to talk about. Every voice is powerful and necessary and we need to start the conversation with our children at an earlier age.” Angela Acosta, Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services

Teaching children and adolescents about consent is an important step to increasing individual and community safety. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and we are hosting two upcoming events for parents, family members, guardians and caregivers to help you gain insight on how to communicate with your children. Topics covered will be age-appropriate consent, respect, and how to ask for help. This event is free, but registration is required.

  • Thursday, April 19 at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church
Register for April 19 Event


  • Wednesday, April 25 at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria
Register for April 25 Event


You can also attend the free Keeping Our Children Safe – A Community Responsibility panel discussion on Saturday, April 14, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria.


Resources and Assistance Are Available 24/7

If you or someone you know needs help, call the domestic and sexual violence 24-hour hotline at 703-360-7273, TTY 711. The hotline receives an average of 1,500 calls each year.

Learn More About Hotline and Resources


Walk to End Sexual Violence

Mark your calendar to participate in the 4th annual Walk to End Sexual Violence on Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to noon at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Hosted by the county’s Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, activities will include a resource fair held after the walk, as well as music, Zumba, food trucks and a raffle. There are free T-shirts for the first 100 people who register!

Register for Walk


Learn About Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events


Listen and Read

Listen to our recent podcast for more information on events, statistics and more:

April 11, 2018 Podcast on Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Our Library is a great resource for books to learn more about preventing sexual violence and supporting survivors.

Suggested Books for All Ages


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