Arlington County’s Project PEACE is recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) with virtual observances and daily online opportunities.
During the COVID-19 public health crisis, survivors of sexual assault need support, champions and affirmation of their stories and voices. With the inability to physically gather and connect, Project PEACE is focused on amplifying voices and support in innovative ways.
Each week in April, Project PEACE will release a new calendar with daily topics in an effort to raise awareness about the impact of sexual violence in our community. Project PEACE invites the Arlington community to join each of these online observances. The topics include shared learning, local resource awareness, information about community and national initiatives, as well as strategies for self-care and coping.
Requests for sexual assault services across Arlington County have seen increases year after year—from police to advocacy and the hotline to medical services. Sexual violence impacts one-in-three women and one-in-four men in their lifetime. Young people in Arlington also are impacted, with 50 percent of eighth, 10th, and 12th grade female students in Arlington Public Schools reporting that they experience sexual harassment at school and 20 percent reporting being sexually assaulted by a dating partner.
Following the Project PEACE SAAPM Calendar is a way for the community to honor survivors, victims, and those who work tirelessly to provide services to those impacted. Additional community engagement will take place daily on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Support Is Available
If you or someone you know needs support because of sexual assault, dating or domestic violence please reach out to any of the following resources available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: Doorways: 703-237-0881, INOVA FACT Department: 703-776-4001, and the Arlington County Police Department: 9-1-1.
About Project PEACE
Arlington County Project PEACE is a coordinated community response dedicated to advancing the most effective and efficient array of education, prevention, protection, and support services to end domestic and sexual violence in the community. Learn more about Project PEACE