Crawford County Crisis Center Kicks Off Sexual Assault Awareness Month

As part of the national 2019 “I Ask” Campaign, the Crawford County Crisis Center joins the National Sexual Violence Resource Center in empowering individuals to practice consent every day.

This April, the Crawford County Crisis Center will bring together the broader community as part of its annual Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign.  This year’s theme, “I Ask,” builds on the idea that consent is a healthy, normal, and a necessary part of everyday interactions. “I Ask” will champion the power of asking – whether it be asking to hold someone’s hand, for permission to share personal information with others, or if a partner is interested in sex. It will also highlight the importance of listening to and accepting the answer without pressuring someone to change their mind.

The campaign theme, “I Ask,” champions the message that asking for consent is about always choosing to respect the personal and emotional boundaries of others. It’s important for individuals to think about how their actions might make others feel and ask questions if they don’t know.

During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Crawford County Crisis Center will bring the theme of “I Ask” to life by displaying Sexual Assault Awareness Month signage, teal ribbons attached to police vehicle antennas, and teal ribbon bows in conjunction with the aforementioned signage.

The Crawford County Crisis Center is one of the organizations who serve victims of sexual assault in Missouri. SAAM is organized nationally by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). For more information on this year’s national campaign, visit www.nsvrc.org/saam.

For more information on Sexual Assault Awareness Month, contact the Crawford County Crisis Center at 573-775-5101 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, confidential help is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week at 800-998-8340 or 888-570-3703.
   

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