Lindsay Sadorf Legal Advocate, Dawson County Domestic Violence Program

Dear Editor,

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year’s theme, “Engaging New Voices,” builds on the idea that we are stronger together, and new partners and community members are needed to expand sexual assault prevention efforts.

We can all help the next generation foster attitudes that promote healthy relationships, quality, and respect.

Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. And every eight (8) minutes, that victim is a child.  (RAINN.org) We all have a role to play in preventing sexual violence in our community. Our actions, big and small have a ripple effect on those we teach, guide, and influence. From modeling healthy behavior to addressing inappropriate conduct, everyone can make a difference.

Changing beliefs which contribute to sexual violence starts with believing survivors of sexual violence when they share their stories. You can help by calling out victim-blaming comments or rape jokes if you see them online.

Remind those around you that sexual assault is never the victim’s fault.

Seemingly small actions like this make a critical impact.

Get engaged this April during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Join us in embracing your role in ending sexual assault by wearing TEAL on April 4th to help promote “A Day of Action” and by wearing denim for “Denim Day” on April 26th in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness month.

Join advocates and communities across the country in taking action to prevent sexual violence. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but each day of the year is an opportunity to create change for the future. If you would like more information on survivor services, call Dawson County Domestic Violence at 377-6477, visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dcdvprogram, or stop by the office located at 122 West Bell St.

 

Lindsay Sadorf

Legal Advocate

Dawson County Domestic Violence Program

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