The UNM Women's Resource Center presents a Sexual Assault Awareness event with guest speaker New Mexico Attorney General Gary King on Tuesday, April 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Student Union Building, ballroom C. King will speak at 12:15 p.m. on sex trafficking in New Mexico.

Information tables from organizations that advocate against sexual assault and domestic violence and provide victim/survivor services will be present. A clothesline project will represent victims/survivors of violence.

In New Mexico:

  • The majority of rapes against both women and men remain unreported to police or sexual violence support organizations. In 2009, only 1 in 9.5 adult rapes came to the attention of law enforcement.

  • Almost one-third of rape victims and 29 percent of victims of non-penetration sex crimes are victimized before age 12.

  • Victims of sexual violence are overwhelmingly female (86 percent of rape victims and 78 percent victims of non-penetration sex crimes).

  • According to the Sex Crime Trends in New Mexico report, 2005-09, one in four New Mexican women and one in 20 men are likely to be raped during their lifetime. The data was provided by the Survey of Violence Victimization in New Mexico.

  • When projected over a now typical five-year college career, one in five young women experience rape during college.


Reports on domestic violence and sexual assault in New Mexico can be found on the Office of Injury Prevention Web site and the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs Web site. Reports on sexual victimization of college women can be found on the National Institute of Justice Reference Service Web site.

Contact the Women's Resource Center at (505) 277-3716 or women@unm.edu.

Media contact: Sari Krosinsky (505) 277-1593; e-mail: michal@unm.edu