Safe at Home program protect sexual assault victims

Posted April 11, 2013 at 12:22 pm

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander on Monday, April 8, highlighted his office’s Safe at Home program to help observe April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in support of survivors of sexual violence. The goal of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is to raise public awareness and to educate communities and individuals about prevention.

Since 2007, the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office has been protecting victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, rape and stalking with its Safe at Home program.

Safe at Home protects the addresses of survivors by acting as a mail forwarding service. This address confidentiality program helps ensure that when victims move, they and their families have the chance to remain safe from their assailants.

“I’m proud of the work our staff has done to keep Missourians safe and protect survivors of this violence,” Kander said. “This month we join supporters across the nation in renewing efforts to prevent any further abuse from happening.”

The 2013 Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign focuses on healthy sexuality and preventing the sexual abuse of children. Tools and information are available online to help adults educate themselves about protecting children by learning to identify risk factors, support healthy boundaries and challenge negative messages.

For more information on Sexual Assault Awareness Month, visit http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/sexual-assault-awareness-month-home.

For more information about the Safe at Home program, visit http://www.sos.mo.gov/safeathome/.