April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Iowa and in Cherokee County. This is a time designated to focus on the staggering problem of sexual violence.
During April, we would like your help to raise the awareness of sexual violence in Cherokee County The Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault (CAASA) announces that the theme of this year's observance is "It's Time...To Get !nvolved."
This Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign focuses on engaging bystanders in sexual violence prevention. A bystander, or witness, is someone who sees a situation but may or may not know what to do, may think others will act or may be afraid to do something. Bystander education programs teach potential witnesses safe and positive ways that they can act to prevent or intervene when there is a risk for sexual violence.
This approach gives community members specific roles that they can use in preventing sexual violence, including naming and stopping situations that could lead to sexual violence before it happens, stepping in during an incident, and speaking out against ideas and behaviors that support sexual violence. It also gives individuals the skills to be an effective and supportive ally to survivors after an assault has taken place.
Research shows that this technique is a promising way to help prevent the widespread problem of sexual violence across campuses and other communities.
During this month, CAASA will intensify their efforts to promote public awareness of sexual assault issues, including the need for citizen involvement through bystander intervention as part of primary prevention.
CAASA is proud to service Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Ida, Palo Alto, and Sac counties with individual and group counseling for adults and children, crisis intervention, shelter, information and referral, multicultural outreach, community awareness and school prevention programs.
Contact CAASA's toll-free 24 hour crisis line at 1-877-362-4612 for more information on how you can help. CAASA is an organization of sexual and domestic violence centers that provide its citizens with a source of information and support for victims of sexual violence.