Mary Black Foundation ~ Weekly Blog Update Guest Blogger, April 6, 2021
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
In 2020, Mary Black Foundation granted $25,000 to SAFE Homes for the first year of an eighteen-month grant to fund a full-time therapist who will work with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, an increased need due to family instability caused by economic uncertainty and stay-at-home recommendations due to COVID-19.
This week’s blog is written by Jada Charley, President/CEO, SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and SAFE Homes would like to provide some information about sexual assault and the activities planned that you can participate in this month to help increase awareness and prevent assault. A sexual assault occurs when a person is forced, coerced, and/or manipulated into any unwanted sexual activity. Last year, SAFE Homes assisted 194 victims of sexual assault. While this may seem like a lot of people, we know that it only represents a fraction of the victims of sexual assault in our area. These sobering statistics highlight the importance of making our communities more aware of sexual assault and what we can do to prevent these assaults from happening.