April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the men and women of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office remain committed to addressing this serious issue and reminding survivors that they have a voice to fight back, report and seek follow-up help.
Sexual abuse can take many forms including: abuse by a family member, or acquaintance; abuse at an institution; child pornography; commercial sexual exploitation; and trafficking for sex purposes.
In addition, it is also important to talk with children about personal boundaries and inappropriate behaviors. Youth are particularly vulnerable for many reasons including fear, peer pressure, inexperience and the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
If someone discloses abuse, your reaction and response will make a large impact on how they feel about coming forward. Acknowledge their resilience and bravery, and let them know a support system is in place.
The members of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office support and encourage survivors of sexual crimes to come forward and report the crime to police by calling 904.630.0500. If this is an emergency please call 9-1-1 (TTY Services Available)
. If you have a question about sexual abuse and would like to speak directly with a Special Assault detective please call 904.630.2168