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