April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and our team at Yarborough Applegate stands with survivors. A devastating crime that all too often goes unanswered, sexual abuse can have debilitating physical, emotional, and financial consequences. It’s not uncommon for survivors of sexual abuse to experience a level of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) similar to soldiers who have seen combat. Our South Carolina attorneys are currently representing victims in a lawsuit over the alleged incidents of child sexual abuse at North Charleston’s NewSpring Church, and will stop at nothing to secure justice for survivors of all ages.
NATIONAL SEXUAL VIOLENCE RESOURCE CENTER
National Sexual Violence Resource Center, or NSVRC, is the group that leads the Sexual Assault Awareness Month campagin annually. Throgouhout the year, the nonprofit works to provide information and tools to prevent and respond to sexual violence on a national scale.
RAINN + NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE
The nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) also created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country. The 24/7 hotline is free and confidential.
DEE NORTON CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER
Unfortunatley, instances of sexual abuse against children is a widespread problem. It’s been reported that 1 in 9 girls and 1 in 53 boys under the age of 18 experience sexual abuse or assault at the hands of an adult. In Charleston, South Carolina, the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center is a safe, child-friendly place to turn when there is a concern about abuse. Yarborough Applegate is a proud supporter of the organization and its efforts to prevent, protect, and heal.
END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN INTERNATIONAL
End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) is an organization that works to improve outcomes for survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Each April, the nonprofit organizes a conference on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, human trafficking, and elder abuse. EVAWI also offers ongoing training opportunities for law enforcement in sexual assault response.
While sexual violence is disproportionaly comitted against women, men are also victims of sexual assault and abuse. 1in6.org works to address the social stigma and silence around male sexual abuse and assault through information and training opportunities, online support groups, and a 24/7 hotline.
If you’ve been the victim of sexual assault, we understand how incredibly difficult it can feel to come forward. Know that you are not alone. Our team of dedicated, caring attorneys is here for you. Call us today for a free, confidential consultation.