2018-04-10 / Police

April is Sexual Assault And Awareness Month And Child Abuse Prevention Month

The Delaware County District Attorney’s and Sheriff’s Offices request Delaware County residents pause and reflect on April as National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Sexual violence and child abuse are complex issues which cause emotional anxieties to victims and their families. All members of our communities need to be aware and assist in preventing sexual violence and child abuse.

Sexual violence and child abuse not only harm the victim, but are also public health concerns which increase the likelihood of long-term physical and mental health problems, alcohol and substance abuse, continued sexual and family violence and increased criminal behavior.

According to a press release issued by the District Attorney and Sheriff’s Office, only 30 percent of sexual assaults and rapes are reported to law enforcement officials, and, the press release continues, according to the National Child Advocacy Center one in four girls and one in six boys will be a victim of some type of sexual abuse in his or her lifetime before the age of 18.

Continued commitment is needed to ensure that all victims of sexual violence and child abuse are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve, and afforded the support and services they need to heal physically and emotionally.

Effective sexual violence and child abuse prevention programs succeed because of partnerships among families, county and community service agencies, schools, religious and civic organizations, magistrates, district attorney’s offices, law enforcement agencies and the business community.

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