Silent Screams Inc.
Community connection and resource service for sexual assault survivors
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
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When someone is assaulted they may notify authorities or a rape crisis center, at which time the victim is assigned an advocate. The advocate helps the victim get acclimated in the process of recovery. They assist them and guide them in needed areas.
The legal system can be confusing to most. There are felony cases and civil cases. Felony cases are filed by the District Attorney whereas civil cases can be filed by the victim. Do your due diligence. Research attorneys with experience in sexual assault cases. Most crime victims have the right to file a civil lawsuit. seeking financial compensation from the perpetrator.
Children’s services focus on the needs of children 17 years of age or younger. CPS, foster care, adoption agencies, child support groups, trauma services and family shelters and other centers all have services for children. some are government initiated while others are not government regulated.
Mental health disorder is a wide range of conditions that affect mood, thinking and behavior. It includes our emotional, psychological, mental and social well-being. A large percentage of the U.S population at some point in their life experiences some type of mental health challenge. In fact it is common. Sexual assault survivors experience mental health challenges.
Counseling is very important to a sex crime survivor. There are varying degrees of symptoms so varied degrees of counseling treatments are needed. Counseling can come from friends, family, clergy, and professionals. Be very wise in choosing a therapist or counselor.
A sex crime survivor may be forced to live in a shelter as the result of the crime committed against her or him. If the survivor is not able to provide financially for themselves, due to physical, mental or emotional inability caused by the assault they often end up at a shelter. This can add more stress however it can also be a place of help and resources.
Human trafficking is a worldwide epidemic. Children and adults are trafficked for various reasons. Sex slaves and cheap labor are two of the main reasons. There are numerous types of sex slavery from private citizens to sex slavery being a business commodity.
There is a wide range of sexual assault support groups. Support groups range from confidential conversations only to class programs that take months to complete. Support groups are a safe environment for victims of sex crimes and very beneficial for their healing journey. Support groups are places of encouraging, empowering, empathy and understanding.
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