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Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
National Child Abuse Prevention Month
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Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention MonthAccording to the Bureau of Justice Statistics report, Criminal Victimization, 2016, only 23% of sexual assaults are reported to police and only 12% of victims of serious violent crimes seek victim services.

During National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, held annually every April, OVC reaffirms its commitment to reaching unserved victims of sexual assault and improving services for victims.

Help raise awareness about sexual violence by visiting the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s National Sexual Assault Awareness Month website. Download and share campaign content which is available in English and Spanish.

During this month, OVC also highlights the following initiatives which seek to improve services to victims and reach unserved victims.

National Sexual Assault Online Hotline
With support from two OVC Vision 21 cooperative agreements, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) provides free, confidential support services for English and Spanish-speaking survivors of sexual assault through its National Sexual Assault Online Hotline (La Línea de Ayuda Nacional Online del Asalto Sexual).

In addition to services in English, Spanish-language survivors and their loved ones can receive support from trained support specialists through the Online Hotline or by calling RAINN at 800–656–HOPE (4673). RAINN also offers an online services help room (La Sala de Ayuda) support service which offers peer support for Spanish-speaking survivors of sexual assault.

The National Telenursing Center
An OVC-funded demonstration project, the National TeleNursing Center that is the first national 24/7 sexual assault telemedicine resource for clinicians. Through this program, six pilot sites in Arizona, California, and Massachusetts can consult with trained sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) to ensure quality support and care to patients.

Seek Then SpeakSeek Then Speak
With funding from OVC, End Violence Against Women International is expanding and enhancing the "Seek Then Speak" mobile app that provides help to survivors of sexual assault in 30 different languages.

It allows users to remain anonymous while they gather information, make decisions, and take the action that is right for them. The app also provides resources to friends and loved ones who wish to help a survivor. Seek Then Speak is a multichannel platform that is also accessible via web, phone, and text.

Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI)
OVC’s U.S. Department of Justice partners at the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) sponsor the SAKI grant program to address the number of kits in law enforcement custody that have not been sent for testing.

In addition to providing funding opportunities, BJA also sponsors the SAKI National Training and Technical Assistance Program to assist jurisdictions with sustainable practices to collect and process forensic evidence, investigate and prosecute cases, and provide services to sexual assault survivors.

Service providers are encouraged to visit our Sexual Abuse or Violence page which offers publications, frequently asked questions, and related resources.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Prevention MonthApril is also National Child Abuse Prevention Month. During this month, communities are encouraged to raise awareness and promote strategies that address the risk factors surrounding child abuse. OVC resources that support efforts to protect and assist children and youth include–

Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth
OVC’s Vision 21 Transforming Victim Services Final Report found that the systems charged with caring for young victims and their families provided fragmented and ineffective responses. Through this initiative, OVC is supporting demonstration projects in four states to learn what is needed to bring healthcare, child welfare, justice, and other systems together at a statewide level to coordinate and align efforts to ensure a timely and seamless response.

OVC HELP Brochure Series: Child Abuse
The OVC HELP Brochure Series provides a resource for victims of crime and the victim service providers that work with them every day. OVC has produced two brochures on child abuse, one for children and one for adults concerned about the welfare of a child.

The HALOS Strategy: Community Collaborations for Children
Helping and Lending Outreach Support (HALOS) is an innovative program that provides resources and special opportunities to abused and neglected children and their caregivers through partnerships with faith-based and other community organizations. This toolkit offers lessons learned and suggests strategies for establishing programs like HALOS wherever foster families and relatives need additional support for the children in their care.

Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma
Trauma left unaddressed can have serious consequences for children and youth as they grow up. “Through Our Eyes” encourages everyone to act to protect children from crime and abuse and help them heal from trauma.

A Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by Drugs
This video series and companion resource guide weaves Native stories and cultural practices from across the Nation to show many of the ways children, families, and communities are healing from drug endangerment. It highlights a range of culturally relevant approaches to inspire communities to develop, enhance, and share their own responses to these issues.

For additional resources, view the Child Abuse and Sexual Abuse section of our site and the National Criminal Justice Reference Service’s Child Abuse Special Feature.

Fact Sheets Highlight Current Crime and Victimization Trends

Fact Sheets Highlight Current Crime and Victimization TrendsOVC’s Crime and Victimization Fact Sheets are a resource for victim service providers and allied professionals to promote awareness about different types of crime throughout the year.

The Fact Sheets are a component of the 2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide and cover topics such as human trafficking, homicide, domestic violence, sexual violence, and many more!

Use statistics and compelling graphics from these Fact Sheets in email and social media marketing, presentations, and on your website to help raise awareness about crime victimization and to demonstrate why crime victims' rights matter.

View the Communicating Your Message section of the 2018 NCVRW Resource Guide for additional resources and ways to–

  • enhance your organization's public awareness campaigns,
  • increase your visibility in the community, and
  • promote valuable resources for victims of crime.

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