Help BPA stop sexual assault
April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual Assault Awareness Month helps communities spread awareness and create a supportive environment for survivors. One in four women and one in 33 men will be a victim of rape in his or her lifetime. According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, 44 percent of rape and sexual abuse victims are under the age of 18.
Child abuse, including sexual abuse and exposure to domestic violence have major health impacts and adverse effects on children. Abused children and those who are exposed to violence are at risk of experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, developmental delays, failure to thrive and hyper vigilance.
Battered Persons’ Advocacy is the only agency in Douglas County that provides services specifically for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Our services include emergency safe shelter, support groups, peer support and community education.
In April, Battered Persons’ Advocacy was dedicated to increasing awareness of sexual abuse and sexual violence. On April 25, BPA hosted its 7th annual Walk a Mile in her Shoes, as part of the international men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence. This year’s event had approximately 200 participants, making it the biggest turnout Douglas County has ever seen. The success of the event speaks volumes about our community’s commitment to the prevention of sexual violence.
To further our efforts to prevent violence, BPA is working with Up2Us Now, the child abuse prevention coalition of Douglas County. The coalition, which has representatives from several local non-profit and governmental agencies, aims to prevent and reduce child abuse in Douglas County through education and intervention.
For more information about Battered Person’s Advocacy’s services, please call the 24-hour crisis line at 541-673-7867 or visit www.peaceathome.com.
Sami J. Gloria