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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network reports that every 73 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. Sexual assault can range from harassment to direct physical sexual abuse.

Everyone has a role to play in preventing or being an active bystander in instances of sexual assault. There are many different ways that you make a difference.

  • Believe victims when they tell their story.
  • Offer to help survivors get the legal or medical help they need.
  • Don't allow friends or coworkers to get away with jokes or comments that degrades others.
  • YOU can make a difference. Be an advocate.

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network reports that every 9 minutes, a child is a victim of a sexual assault. Be an advocate for children.

  • If something seems off, pay attention to that feeling and look into it further.
  • If a child tells you that someone makes them uncomfortable, even if they can’t tell you anything specific, listen.
  • Be ready to report your concerns to your local Child Protective Services agency.
  • Be a good listener and validate the child’s concerns.
  • Get help.
  • You have a role in making the world safe for children.

-Jerry Strausbaugh, EdD, LPCCS, Executive Director

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