PLAINVILLE — Chief James Floyd and the Plainville Police Department would like to share resources with members of the community in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
April is recognized by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and the US Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).
Throughout the month, awareness is raised through campaigns focused on making sexual assault visible and sharing ways to prevent it, whether through healthy sexuality education, consent, or intervention. witnesses.
This April marks the official 21st anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and this year’s campaign is “Building Safe Online Spaces Together.”
In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Plainville Police Department would like to share the following resources with members of the community, courtesy of the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN):
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: The national hotline, operated by RAINN, offers 24/7 support to survivors and those affected by sexual assault. Whether you are looking for help, advice, or a referral for services, you can call 800-656-4673 (HOPE) to be connected to your local Sexual Assault Resource Center.
- NSVRC Massachusetts Directory: The NSVRC maintains a directory of organizations that lists state and territory Coalitions Against Sexual Assault, victim/survivor support organizations, and local communities of sexual assault organizations of color.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The Lifeline, 800-273-8255 (TALK), provides suicide crisis intervention, self-harm counseling and assistance, and local mental health referrals. Calls are routed to local centres.
- National Resource Center on Sexual Violence: Offers a wide variety of information relating to sexual violence, including a large library of legal resources.
- United States Department of Justice: National Public Sex Offenders Website: The only U.S. government website that links state, territory, and tribal public sex offender registries from a national search site.
- Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander survivors and black survivors Resources
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233 (SAFE) connects individuals to local direct service resources (shelters, transportation, social assistance) and crisis intervention.
For international resources, please click here. For statistics on sexual assault, please click here.
Know your rights and options
Victims of sexual assault have certain rights under Massachusetts law. RAINN offers the following databases of sexual assault incident information:
Victims of sexual assault are encouraged to inform the police of situations that may have occurred, even if years have passed since they were victimized.
In an emergency, dial 911.