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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).  This year, SAAM is celebrating its 18th anniversary with the theme “I Ask” to empower everyone to put consent into practice.  The theme “I Ask” builds on the idea that consent is a healthy, normal and necessary part of everyday interactions.  As each of you share this message throughout your community, school and families, you will be demonstrating the importance of consent and setting an example for others.

Our words and actions shape the world around us.  Whether you are speaking out against “locker room talk” or helping someone better understand these issues, your voice is powerful and necessary in preventing sexual violence.

Our actions, big and small, have a ripple effect on those we teach, guide and influence. Changing beliefs which contribute to sexual violence starts with believing survivors of sexual violence when they share their stories. Remind those around you that sexual assault is never the victim’s fault. Seemingly small actions like this make a critical impact.

Beyond April, COMPASS (Sexual Assault Education, Prevention & Support) continues to advocate for survivors, educate youth on prevention strategies and champion culture change.  Serving Tuscarawas, Stark and Carroll counties, COMPASS provides free services such as support at the hospital after an assault, access to a 24-hour crisis line, counseling, support groups and advocacy during legal proceedings to anyone impacted by sexual violence.   

We can all help promote attitudes that promote safe and secure relationships, equality and respect…not only during April, but each and every day. To learn more, visit www.compassrapecrisis.org

 

Molly MacMath
Executive Director
COMPASS (Sexual Assault Education, Prevention & Support)
Serving Tuscarawas, Stark and Carroll Counties