April History & Awareness

Below you can find information related to some of the national history and awareness months for April.

April is...

Because there are so many different national awareness and history topics for each month, we cannot cover them all.  So if you would like to contribute to next month's Awareness/History Month page, if you have a particular topic/person/event you'd like to see covered, or if you have any questions, feel free to contact our Web Master.

Autism Awareness Month

What Is Autism:

Causes of Autism

Diagnosis of Autism

Asperger’s Syndrome

Is Autism Related To Vaccines:

The Facts About Autism Speaks & Alternative Autism Foundations

Tips For Communicating With Children Who Have Autism & Hypersensitivity

Autism Resources:



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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Types of Sexual Violence

What Is Sexual Violence (PDF)

What Is Consent (VIDEO)

Consent: Definition & Myths (VIDEO)

The Impact of Sexual Violence (PDF)

Prevention Is Possible (PDF)

Take The Pledge Against Sexual Violence

Que es la violencia sexual (PDF)

El impacto de la violencia sexual (PDF)

Prevenir es posible (PDF)

Fact Sheet: What is sexual assault?

CASA Forum defines sexual assault as any behavior of a sexual nature that makes someone feel uncomfortable, frightened, intimidated or threatened. It is sexual behavior that someone has not agreed to, where another person uses physical or emotional force against them. It can include anything from sexual harassment through to life threatening rape. Some of these acts are serious indictable crimes. Sexual assault is an abuse of power. Sexual assault is never the fault or responsibility of the victim/survivor.

Examples of sexual assault include:

  • Stalking e.g. repeatedly being followed or watched by someone;
  • Rape e.g. being forced to have vaginal, anal or oral sex'
  • Unwanted touching e.g. pinching, patting, embracing, rubbing, groping, flicking, kissing, fondling, being touched on the breasts, bum, legs etc;
  • Sexual harassment e.g. dirty jokes or rude comments about a person's sex life;
  • Obscene gestures e.g. simulating masturbation in front of a person;
  • Voyeurism e.g. being watched doing intimate things without permission;
  • Unwanted sexual comments or jokes e.g. comments about a person's body or relationships;
  • Sex-related insults e.g. calling someone a slut, dyke, homo, slag etc;
  • Pressuring for dates or demand for sex e.g. invitations that turn into threats or not taking 'no' for an answer;
  • Indecent exposure e.g. someone showing private parts of their body or 'flashing' their genitals;
  • Being forced to watch or participate in porn e.g. taking a photo without permission, forcing someone to be on video, making someone watch a pornographic movie;
  • Offensive written material e.g. dirty notes, letters, phone messages, emails, SMS, pictures;
  • Incest/interfamilial child sexual assault e.g. a family member e.g. father or brother engaging in sexual activity with a child or young person;
  • Unwanted, offensive and invasive interpersonal communication through technologies such as mobile phones, internet social networking sites and email.

Need help?
Call 800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.

Find sexual assault resources near you here.

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