Thursday, April 24, 2014

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

In the United States April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). During SAAM activists raise awareness about sexual violence and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent it.


The 2014 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign focuses on healthy sexuality and young people. This April, use your voice to impact our future. 
This campaign provides tools on healthy adolescent sexuality and engaging youth. Learn how you can play a role in promoting a healthy foundation for relationships, health and sexual violence prevention. 

Image of youth with text: SAAM 2014: Healthy sexuality and young people

Join the movement! 

Join the movement and participate in the Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign on social media


For more information, visit Sexual Assault Awareness Month's homepage.

Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence was founded in 1980 by domestic violence shelter programs and advocates for battered women to help all victims of domestic violence. Learn More

Need Help?

The Domestic Violence Shelters of Mississippi are there to provide services to the families affected by domestic violence. Shelter services include: 24 hour crisis line, temporary housing, advocacy and referral programs, counseling, transportation and more.


What is Domestic Violence?

The crime of domestic violence occurs when a person is forced to do what his/her abuser wants through verbal, physical, psychological, or sexual violence.

It is important to remember that while most victims of domestic violence are women—and these women are certainly victims—not all abuse is by men toward women. It is important to remember that there are six types of cases covered by our statute, and that all six occur on the docket almost every order of protection day.

  • Men who commit violence against women.
  • Women who commit violence against men.
  • Men who commit violence against other men, including in homosexual relationships.
  • Women who commit violence against other women, including in lesbian relationships.
  • Adults who commit violence against children.
  • Adults who commit violence against elders.

The patterns of abuse does not usually begin with an act of violence. Psychological abuse, including isolation, minimization of her decision-making abilities and obsessive jealousy, are usually initiated first. Abuse or battering is a system of behaviors to control another person's actions and feelings.

Domestic Violence: Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior in which one person attempts to control another person through threats or actual use of physical, emotional, psychological, financial, sexual, and/or spirtual abuse.


Legal Notice

This website is intended to provide general information only and is not to be considered legal advice in any manner. If you, a friend, or a family member are experiencing a crime of domestic violence, it is imperative that you contact the authorities and also seek legal advice through an attorney who will be able to represent your interests regarding the legal issues contained herein.

Domestic violence is a crime that not only impacts women. Men can be victims of violence at the hands of women. Violence also occurs between individuals of the same gender. However, for ease of written conversation on this website, the batterer will be referred to as “he” and the victim as “she.”

Copyright 2009 by Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence