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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. AMHC Sexual Assault Client Advocates Amber Rankine and Jodi Leach are just two members of our team who continue to support victims of sexual assault even during COVID-19. Advocates can be reached by calling the 24-hour Sexual Assault Helpline at 1-800-871-7741. Text and chat are also available Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Calls, texts and chats are free and confidential.

As part of the national 2020 “I Ask” Campaign Aroostook Mental Health Services, Inc. (AMHC) joins the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MECASA) in empowering individuals to put consent into practice.

AMHC is pleased to highlight Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This year’s theme, “I Ask for Consent” builds on the idea that consent is a normal and necessary part of sex. The goal of the campaign is to empower all of us to put consent into practice.

“We all have a role to play in the prevention of sexual assault,” shared Michelle Ferris, Program Director for Emergency Services in Aroostook, Washington and Hancock counties. “AMHC Sexual Assault Services has provided services to individuals who have been affected by sexual violence since 1984. We not only advocate for victims and offer support to survivors 24/7, we provide prevention education for all ages on sexual violence, sexual harassment, internet safety, and personal body safety.”

AMHC Sexual Assault Services Advocates can be reached by calling the 24-hour Sexual Assault Helpline at 1-800-871-7741. Text and chat are also available Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Calls, texts, and chats are free and confidential. For more information, visit AMHC Sexual Assault Services at https://www.amhcsas.org/.

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