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2018 Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Embrace Your Voice!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This year’s theme, “Embrace Your Voice,” builds on the idea that how you talk about sexual violence matters. Individuals can embrace their voices to show their support for survivors, stand up to victim blaming, shut down rape jokes, correct harmful misconceptions, promote everyday consent, and practice healthy communications with children. Our word shape the world around us. How we talk about sexual violence matters. When we reflect on and change how we think and talk about the issue of sexual violence and consent, we can create a culture of respect, equality and safety.

Read more about SAAM in the official press release here (PDF). Use your voice and join us for the following events:


HelpLine Sexual Assault Response Network (SARN) Services

 SARN advocates are available to assist survivors at the hospital and with law enforcement immediately following an assault and can help connect a survivor to the resources at HelpLine and in our community. SARN offers:

      • A free, 24-hour information, referral and crisis line call 1.800.684.2324 or text helpline to 898211
      • Individual support at hospitals and law enforcement agencies
      • Survivors of sexual assault workshops
      • One-on-one crisis intervention and advocacy
      • Healing workshops for survivors & their support people
      • Annual Retreat
      • Sexual assault prevention and education

Click here to learn more about SARN services. 

Information and resources from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) 

To join in the SAAM campaign, we encourage you to share these images below from the NSVRC with your personal networks on social media. Use the hashtags: #SAAM #HelpLineSARN #EmbraceYourVoiceOH . To learn more, visit: https://www.nsvrc.org/saam