Too often, news of sexual harassment, especially juvenile delinquency, reveals predatory behavior, beginning with online clashes. Therefore, it is advisable that this year’s theme of the Month of Information on Sexual Harassment is “Together we create a safe Internet space.”

The Month of Sexual Violence Awareness is a time allotted National Resource Center for Sexual Violence to draw attention to sexual assaults as a way to support victims and prevent attacks on vulnerable people.

According to the NSVRC, 1 in 5 women in the U.S. has experienced rape or attempted rape in their lifetime, and nearly 25% of men in the U.S. experience some form of sexual abuse. According to the National Network of Rape, Violence and Incest, sexual violence occurs in this country every 68 seconds, and a child becomes a victim every nine minutes. According to RAINN, most attacks remain unregistered.

“Sexual violence is endemic in our society. But prevention is possible, ”the website of the Montgomery County Victims Service Center said. “Join us during the Month of Awareness of Sexual Violence and learn how you can support survivors in our community.” This month, the county organization is holding virtual workshops on topics related to detecting and preventing attacks.

In Berks County, the message promoted by SafeBerks sounds like “Hope is there” and “You’re not alone”.

Francine M. Scaboria, communications coordinator, noted that the 250 sausages planted in the ground “symbolize local victims of sexual violence.” The pinwheel is often associated with the hope and innocence of childhood, she said.

“We want those who have experienced sexual violence to know that they do not deserve anything,” said Skaboria. “No one can take away their innocence and hope.”

“Sex Awareness Month is our time to focus on the prevalence of sexual violence, honor the voices and experiences of survivors, and equip our community with tips and resources they can use to support survivors,” he said. Delio Santana, manager. educational and advocacy programs.

“We trust everyone who experiences sexual violence. We’re here when you need help, ”said Beth Garrigan, CEO of Safe Berks.

Safe Berks conducts educational webinars in English and Spanish on topics including digital technology and sexual assault in LGBTQ + and Latin American communities. Webinars will be held on the Safe Berks Facebook page.

Pinwheels were also a means of support in East Noritan, where the Mission Kids Child Protection Center set up an exhibit at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on the King of Prussia campus.

Turntables also recognize the National Month of Child Abuse Prevention, which coincides with support for the attacks.

In 2021, Mission Kids served 1,026 suspected child abuse victims and their families, ensuring the team’s joint response to cases of suspected violence. “The need for awareness is more important than ever,” said Leslie Slingsby, CEO of Mission Kids.

Ten to twenty percent of children will experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. Ninety percent of the time children are abused by someone they know, and often someone is trusted by their family, she said.

For the past two years, children have been isolated at home because of the pandemic, which means they have not had regular contact with reporters such as teachers, coaches and counselors who could have been this child’s lifeline.

The prevalence of child abuse and sexual abuse may be lost among other devastating concerns of our time. But these are problems that each of us can do something about, looking for signs of abuse and reporting concerns to the authorities and then supporting the victims. Unlike the carefree whirligig symbol, sexual abuse of children is dark and destructive. Everyone should notice, inform and support those who suffer from this horrible reality.

Anyone concerned about child safety should call the Pennsylvania ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313 to make a confidential report. For more information and resources, visit www.victimservicescenter.org/saam or call the National Sexual Violence Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.

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