4/19/2018 SALT LAKE CITY, (News4Utah)  This month is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Jenn Oxborrow with The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition joined News4Utah for “Ask The Authority” to discuss sexual assault in Utah. 

Some of the questions we asked were:

How common is sexual assault in Utah?

Oxborrow says Utah exceeds the national average for sexual assault, and sexual violence tends to come from people you know such as an intimate partner or family member. She says it is a very serious form of domestic violence and those cases are less likely to be reported because of the shame and embarrassment that comes along with it. 

Why is spreading awareness such a crucial part of stopping sexual violence?

Oxborrow says talking about it helps bridge the gap and find the help that is available. Although there is a thought that there aren’t enough resources, Oxborrow encourages victims to reach out to the, Utah Coalition of Sexual Assault or the DVC and talk to a trained advocate for free where you can be connected with resources.

 Why are people ashamed to report sexual assault? 

These are complicated situations Oxborrow says, especially when it is being perpetrated by someone you know. Those feelings are complicated because they have a connection with the person, shame and embarrassment of what is going on. 

If you or someone you know needs help you can call the DVC at 1-800-897-5465 (LINK) and talk to an expert.