For help seven days a week, 24 hours a day, call the County VASAP at 240-777-4357
ROCKVILLE, Md. (WDVM) – You can start spotting a new ad campaign in Montgomery County, all to raise awareness for one of the most difficult topics to talk about; sexual assault.
Volunteers from the Sexual Assault and Victim Assistance Program (VASAP) can connect survivors with the local rape crisis center, domestic violence program, and the police if asked to help. ugly. For several months, you will see advertisements on the side of Ride On buses and bike share kiosks to educate residents about services for survivors of any type of sexual abuse.
The campaign will also highlight the availability of forensic examinations. The county health and social services department has worked in conjunction with the forensic unit at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital for many years. Officials say there has been a decrease in the number of victims receiving this vital exam during the COVID-19 pandemic. Every 68 seconds in the United States, someone is sexually assaulted.
Dr Rafiah H. Prince of Montgomery County Health & Human Services said, âWe have always been there throughout the pandemic, but even now, as we see the number of crimes increase, we want to make sure the community is aware of all resources. available.”
Trained sexual assault awareness professionals and volunteers are available 24/7 to help after traumatic assault.
For help seven days a week, 24 hours a day, call the County VASAP at 240-777-4357 (240-777-HELP) to request a Sexual Assault Awareness Volunteer when you take an exam at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Maryland. Visit www.Montgomerycountymd.Gov/vasap for more information on VASAP services.
The department is also looking for volunteers to help it. Visit www.Montgomerycountymd.Gov/vasap for more information on VASAP services.