Union County Supports Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April – Union County, New Jersey
Union County Supports Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April
April is 21st anniversary of the declaration of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). While the first official statement of this month dates back to 2001, by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, the Union County Board of Commissioners has been a strong advocate for awareness and prevention for decades, most notably with the opening of the Rape Crisis Center in 1984.
“Sexual assault is an unfortunate reality that many are afraid to talk about – it’s often kept behind closed doors, where victims suffer in silence,” said Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “This month is an opportunity to learn more, access resources and share your ideas with us. It is through these awareness months that we can hopefully inspire others to speak up and I would like to encourage everyone to take this opportunity to reflect on how they can be part of the solution.
The Union County Rape Crisis Center (UCRCC) is a program under the Individual and Family Support Services Division of the Union County Department of Social Services. It is largely made up of volunteers, who offer support and advocacy to help victims through medical, legal and emotional scars. Volunteers are highly trained and fully prepared to respond to victims over the phone on a 24-hour hotline or in person as advocates who accompany victims to hospital emergency rooms, police questioning and court.
“Women and men dealing with the aftermath of sexual assault may encounter obstacles, many may not want to speak up or lack support within family or friends,” said Commissioner Sergio Granados. , Liaison Officer with the Social Services Advisory Council. . “With complete discretion and confidentiality for clients and themselves, our volunteers help victims overcome these obstacles, regain control of their lives and be an advocate who can accompany them to hospitals, police stations and courts. . The Union County Board of Commissioners encourages anyone in need of these services to seek help.
Each year, Union County holds Denim Day, as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and on Wednesday, April 27andUnion County invites everyone to join the Union County Rape Crisis Center and other Union County allies in wearing denim to raise awareness of sexual assault and show support for survivors of sexual violence.
To join the movement, participants can take a group photo of you and your friends/colleagues wearing denim and send it to [email protected] for feature on: county website, social media platforms county and the Rape Crisis Center Blog.
To learn more about the programs and services offered by the Union County Rape Crisis Center, please call 908-233-7273.