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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 2022

Lima, Ohio - Crime Victim Services invites you to participate in Sexual Assault Awareness Month to help us educate the public about this issue and prevent sexual violence from occurring in our community.

This year marks the 21st Anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month which was first started by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center in 2001. The purpose of this month is to foster mindfulness about the realities of sexual violence within our community, enhance survivor support and celebrate the strength and resilience of the survivors with whom we have the honor of serving.

At Crime Victim Services (CVS), we believe communities thrive when all members prevail over trauma and support one another with empathy and respect. Since 1980, we’ve been leading the way in education, advocacy, and outreach to facilitate healing in West Central Ohio. During 2020 & 2021, as we navigated the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and racism, we experienced a 20% increase in the number of survivors of sexual violence we served. We served 770 survivors of sexual violence and 143 survivors of child sexual abuse through our Child Advocacy Center. No one deserves to be sexually assaulted, regardless of their gender, race, immigration status, gender identity, ability, or incarceration status. We hope you join us in bringing awareness about this issue in our community.

Like us on Facebook/Instagram: Crime Victim Services to keep up with April’s events:

The Lima Mall

Check out the Lima Mall during April to see the Umbrella Project on full display! Survivors and Advocates painted umbrellas with different messages that bring awareness and hope to survivors across West Central Ohio. There are also mannequins displayed throughout the mall with different messages and a table with resources available.

Wear Teal/Day of Action on April 5

On Tuesday April 5th sport your teal and post a picture to our social media to show your support for survivors!

· Denim Day on April 27

Wear Denim on Wednesday April 27th and post your picture on our social media! Denim Day is an international protest responding to a rape conviction in 1999. In this case, the assailant was found guilty at trail. The ruling changed when the Italian Supreme Court argued “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.”

Tag your photos - #SAAM2022 #CVSUmbrellaProject

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