LOS ANGELES (April 9, 2013) — In recognition of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) is presenting the “I Can Stop Rape” campaign, a special initiative to raise awareness about rape and other forms of sexual assault.
A 2010 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 1 in 5 women in the United States will be raped in her lifetime. Asian and Pacific Islander (API) women are the least likely to report assaults and receive critical services.
“Sexual assault is still a taboo issue in the API community,” said Debra Suh, CPAF’s executive director. “Through the I Can Stop Rape campaign, we are starting a public discussion about sexual assault happening all too often in our community, which is the first step towards ending it.”
CPAF invited local community organizations, students, and volunteers to participate in the campaign by sharing their ideas on how to end rape and sexual violence. During Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, CPAF will post these shared ideas on its Facebook page and website to inspire others to join the movement to end sexual assault in the Asian and Pacific Islander community.
“The Asian Pacific American Legal Center joined the I Can Stop Rape Campaign to break the silence around sexual assault and encourage survivors to seek help,” said Stewart Kwoh, executive director of APALC.
The campaign collaborators also include: Families in Good Health, Khmer Girls in Action, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Southeast Asian Community Alliance, Thai Community Development Center, and Vietnamese Community of Orange County.
Founded in 1978, CPAF established the first multi-lingual and multi-cultural hotline, emergency shelter, and transitional housing in the United States to specialize in serving Asian and Pacific Islander (API) survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Today, CPAF responds to thousands of crisis calls on its 24 hour hotline in 30 API languages and shelters hundreds of women and children, in addition to providing community education and outreach. For more information about CPAF, visit www.NurturingChange.orgor call 1-800-339-3940.
The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, is the nation’s largest Asian American legal and civil rights organization and serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Founded in 1983, APALC advocates for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.
Through direct legal services, impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, leadership development and capacity building, APALC seeks to serve the most vulnerable members of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities while also building a strong Asian American and NHPI voice for civil rights and social justice.