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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Brownwood, Texas - April 1, 2014 -
The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.
According to RAINN, (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization, 44% of the victims are under the age of 18 and 80% are under thirty. In addition, approximately 2/3 of the assaults are committed by someone known to the victim and 38% are friends or acquaintances. Every two minutes, another American is assaulted.
Most rapes are not reported. RAINN states that 60% are never turned in, and 97% of rapists will never spend a day in jail. That's sobering, to say the least.
The ARK provides shelter for a rape victim (and their children) and provides help with petitions to the court for protective orders. We also help set up counseling services, and work with the victim to support them through a difficult court appearance.
Chili's in Brownwood is helping The ARK in their endeavors to continue to provide support for victims, and is donating 10% of the day's sales on April 7th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th. By going out to eat at Chili's on those days, and mentioning the ark, you will be helping the victims as well. The event day runs from 10:45 am through 10 pm on those days. Chili's is located at 210 E. Commerce in Brownwood.
Don't forget to tell them that you are supporting The ARK!