April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the City Council took part in this important month of prevention, education and action by passing a proclamation on Monday, April 26 recognizing the more than 7,100 King County residents of all ages who received help from organizations in 2020 that serve sexual assault victims.
For these survivors and families, access to support helps in their healing, and in their ability to heal from a traumatic experience. Because many survivors don’t feel they will be believed or supported if they speak out, only about one in four actually do report.
We can change this — and ensure survivors get the support they need — by ending the silence surrounding sexual assault. We can, as individuals and as a community, equip ourselves to respond in a supportive way when it happens. We can also take steps to change beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors about sexual violence to stop it before it occurs. When parents/caregivers start conversations with the young people in their lives about healthy communications, bodily autonomy, respect, and how to practice consent in everyday interactions, they are taking big steps that protect their child.
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 in both English and Spanish.
Para ayuda en español, llama al 1.425.282.0324 - atención al cliente en el programa Dando Voz - lunes a viernes de 8am a 5pm.