Sexual assault prevention, awareness


April is Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Month. Sexual assault is any instance of sexual violence or uninvited sexual contact. It is wrong and it is a crime. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than one-quarter of women (27.3 percent) and approximately one in nine men (10.8 percent) have experienced some form of sexual violence or uninvited sexual contact during their lifetime. People who experience this type of assault may feel ashamed or scared to reach out for help. However, most counties have resources that exist to address the needs of those who have experienced sexual assault. Help is available to those who need it. If you need help locating these or any other resources in your area, contact 211.

The Simply Dial 2-1-1 * Get Connected, Get Answers column is provided by Great Rivers 2-1-1, an information and referral and crisis line service. Professionally trained staff can answer your questions about local, statewide, and national resources and can assist you with all kinds of life situations and challenges. It is available 24 hours per day and is free and confidential.

Simply dial the three-digit telephone number 2-1-1 or 800-362-8255 to learn more. Language interpretation and TTY are available. More information is available at


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