Saam Day of Action is an annual worldwide holiday designed to raise awareness of sexual violence. This form of violence is quite common. Unfortunately, many cases go unreported because women are intimidated and threatened. That is why relatively few report harassment or rape to the police. The holiday is celebrated on the first Tuesday in April.
The history of Saam Day of Action began in 2004. The initiative to celebrate it was initiated by the organization N.S.V.R.C., which works to prevent sexual violence, raise awareness about the problem and help victims of this type of violence. In today’s world, the organization is active not only in the real world, but also on the Internet.
Sexual violence includes cases of harassment, rape, sexual slavery, and the distribution of indecent images/videos with sexual content on the Internet. Victims usually experience a complex mix of negative emotions. Many people who have been abused experience severe stress, leading to nervous disorders, depression, and various mental health issues. They often need the help of a psychologist.
- Psychological problems are observed in 80% of victims of sexual violence. Statistical studies show this.
- Because of threats and intimidation, only 4 out of 100 rape cases go to trial.
- More than 30,000 pregnancies a year are the result of sexual abuse.
How to celebrate
If you or someone you know has been sexually abused, you should report these incidents. This is a direct violation of human rights and freedoms, so the problem must be made public! Ignoring cases of violence leads to the fact that rapists are not afraid to continue committing illegal acts.
Spread the word about the holiday on social media. Let more people know about it.
When is SAAM Day of Action celebrated in 2024?
SAAM Day of Action is observed every year on the first Tuesday in April.