The Fairfax County Police Department joins the Office for Women and Domestic and Sexual Violence Services (OFWDSVS), along with other community partners in observing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The commemorative month began in 2001 to recognize and remember those impacted by sexual assault violence, as well as those who strive to end it.
In 2016, the police department received 276 reports of sexual assault—an increase of 16.95% compared to CY2015. 147 of these crimes (53.26%) have been successfully closed, but that’s an average of nearly 23 a month, close to one a day. Many incidents, however, are believed to go unreported, so we’re helping to raise community awareness in a number of ways. For the first time, police vehicles, along with fleets from the county Fire and Rescue Department and Sheriff’s Office, will display teal ribbon magnets as a symbol of remembrance and support of those who have suffered sexual assault.
Join us on April 29, as the OFWDSVS hosts the 3rd Annual Stop the Silence®, Walk to End Sexual Violence starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, in Fairfax. Participants can walk in honor of one of the 276 victims who reported a sexual assault in Fairfax County in CY2016. A resource fair will be held after the walk. The first 100 participants who register will receive a FREE T-shirt! Register here. For more events this month, follow this link: http://www.fairfaxdvcommunity.org/saam
Additionally, we encourage anyone who may be experiencing abuse of any type to MAKE THE CALL. There is a 24-hour hotline for domestic violence and sexual assault victims available at 703-360-7273.