Montgomery County organization offers resources for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

NORRISTOWN – The Montgomery County, Inc. Victim Services Center will begin programming recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a conversation.

The first of several virtual talks will take place Friday at 12:30 p.m. with the discussion on “A medical perspective on the treatment of survivors of sexual assault.”

“Sexual assault is endemic in our society. But prevention is possible,” read a statement on the organization’s website. “Join us during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and find out how you can support survivors in our community.”

Originally founded in 1974 as Women Against Rape, the Montgomery County-based nonprofit organization, located in Norristown, strives to “provide advocacy and guidance to all those who have been affected by sexual violence and other crimes against the person,” according to the organization. website.

In addition to direct resources, the organization provides a myriad of education and awareness tools.

Representatives of the Montgomery County-based entity have a slate of free virtual programming events throughout the month.

Following Friday’s conversation, organizers hosted the following online meetings: “Any Age Consent,” 12 p.m. April 8; “Hypnotized by the Media: Societal Perceptions of Victim Blaming and Sexual Violence,” 10 a.m. April 12; “Understanding Power: Why Women of Color Are at Higher Risk for Sexual Abuse,” 12 p.m. April 12; “Pop Culture and Power Dynamics: Institutional Sexual Abuse Illustrated by Modern Media,” 1:30 p.m. April 14; “Unresolved Trauma in Men,” 12 p.m. April 21; “What Medical Providers Need to Know About Trauma-Informed Health,” 10:00 a.m. April 22.

The Montgomery County Inc. Victim Services Center website provides resources, graphics and created the “Start By Believing” campaign related to Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. Organizers also launched a social media campaign and encouraged people to follow the nonprofit’s online platforms, upload photos and use the “#StartByBelieving” hashtag in posts, according to the site. Organization website.

“Together we can empower survivors and work towards a world free of sexual violence,” the nonprofit says.

Virtual events have also been held last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information and resources, visit www.victimservicescenter.org/saam

Anyone who has experienced sexual assault or needs help should call the association’s 24-hour hotline at 1-888-521-0983, or the national sexual assault hotline at 1-800-656-4673.

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