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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month


Friday, April 18th, 2014
Issue 16, Volume 18.
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RIVERSIDE COUNTY – Ann Harkins, CEO of The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and Keli Wilson, AlertID founder, are teaming up to create awareness and support victims during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

 According to government reports, a sexual assault occurs every two seconds in America. Unfortunately, these incidents are reported less frequently than any other violent crime as only a small percentage of brave survivors are willing to step forward to report their assaults and participate in the criminal justice process. With more than 200,000 reported incidents of sexual violence occurring each year, these two organizations are working together in an effort to raise awareness and to stress prevention of sexual assault as well as to support

victims.

 "Those who suffer sexual assaults need to know they are not alone and isolated," said Harkins. "There are resources available to help survivors, and NCPC has resources to help people learn how to take proactive measures to increase their personal safety and reduce potential victimization. We are proud to team with AlertID and its platform to provide up-to-the-minute information that can help our families, friends, and neighbors stay safe."

Wilson said supporting victims is of great importance, but she also wants to emphasize the importance of prevention. AlertID informs of the dangers in a neighborhood and allows residents to communicate with neighbors very quickly. The free program offers crime and sex offender alerts, in addition to other important public safety alerts and prevention tips online, via email and on smartphones.

"Information is power, and the more we are aware of the dangers in our neighborhoods and the more proactive we are, the better we can protect ourselves, our children and our families," said Wilson.  

For prevention tips and resource information on sexual assault from AlertID, developed in conjunction with the National Crime Prevention Council, go to http://alertid.com/search/sex-crimes.asp.


 

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