Knowledge is Power

Authored by Melissa Nadzan

This is the Ocean County library’s banner for April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) book display. This display will have resources that can be utilized, along with books and information compiled from sources that can help sexual assault victims move on with their lives.

According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), “Every 73 seconds an American is sexually assaulted” (RAINN 2018). On top of that Kimble states, “It may sound incredible that only around 23 percent of survivors report such crimes to police, but it’s true” (2018). Survivors of sexual violence will not always come forward for a number of reasons including, their own shame, not understanding the process, or lack of support. The display personifies support, empathy, and gives survivors access to county resources that are available and information on how to pursue criminal charges in court. 

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