Females had their highest rate of sexual victimization at age 15. Males had their highest rate of sexual victimization at age 6.
After Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994, the frame with which our state and federal government consider violence against women is new. What was once a tragic afterthought had become one of the pillars of good government, protecting women from sexual and domestic assault, and supporting victims in a way that our government had never done before.
VAWA was the first federal package designed to end violence against women, put in place because Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware led a bipartisan effort to acknowledge that states were not adequately protecting women’s rights. VAWA supported prevention, legal intervention, and helped to address the needs of survivors of sexual and domestic violence.
Our ultimate objective in learning about anything is to try to create and develop a more just society.— Yuri Kochiyama
States each have their own laws and capacity to address the needs of survivors and advocates, but there are ways you can support the sexual violence community have a seat at the table:
- Lobby your local, state, and federal legislators to provide adequate funding for rape crisis centers.
- Use social media to raise awareness about sexual violence.
- Stay informed about policies that effect victims of sexual violence in the API communities such as reauthorization of VAWA.
- Volunteer for NAPIESV or an anti-sexual violence organization near you.