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2019 HelpLine SARN Theme: Start by Believing!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).  In conjunction with this year’s national theme of “I Ask”, the HelpLine SARN team will focus on sub-theme of “Start by Believing” – a global campaign founded by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) –  which focuses on changing how society responds to sexual assault disclosures, helping to improve the outcomes for survivors. Start by Believing guides the response to sexual violence and “flips the script” on the message that survivors have historically received which at times has meant messages of doubt and blame, leading to feelings of  fear and shame. 

Read more about SAAM in the official press release here. Stand and speak up for Survivors and join us for the following SAAM 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 and #HelpLineSARN . To learn more about the national SAAM campaign theme, visit: https://www.nsvrc.org/saam