April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Newcastle
Posted on 04/10/2018

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the City of Newcastle is taking part in this important month of awareness, education and prevention. Sexual abuse affects many in our community, both adults and children. Over 6,600 adults and children in King County have sought services from accredited sexual assault resource centers. Sexual assault is a vastly underreported crime for a number of reasons: survivors often feel they won’t be believed or that nothing will be done to hold their perpetrator accountable.

The goal of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is to raise public awareness about sexual violence, to educate communities on how to prevent it and to give individuals the chance to speak out about ending sexual violence.

Here's how you can make a difference

• Start conversations online and in person. Follow King County Sexual Assault Resource Center on FacebookInstagram and Twitter to share KCSARC’s conversation starters and awareness-building tools during SAAM.

• Talk to the young people in your life. Everyone has an opportunity to talk about consent, healthy boundaries and positive relationships. Use 100 Conversations to help guide conversations with teens; he told me not to tell to help conversations with children.

Advocate for victims and their families. Let people know you support and believe victims of sexual assault and their families, both in person and online.

Reach out if you—or someone you know—needs help. Help is available for anyone who has experienced sexual abuse or needs information. The nonprofit King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) operates a 24-hour Resource Line, at 1-888-99-VOICE, and offers a wealth of resources to help prevent and end sexual violence on its website www.kcsarc.org.

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