April is Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. According to Linda Calvio, Executive Director for Victim Services, sexual assault is probably one of the most unreported crimes because of the stigma attached to it. Calvio told KBest News that it’s the hardest to prosecute because most times there’s hardly any evidence.
Calvio stated that in her 21 years of experience, sexual assaults go unreported because of the steps involved in the process of reporting, the prosecution, the waiting, and victims thinking that no one will believe them.
Last year, Victim Services had 22 adult sexual assaults and 28 sexual assaults of children in their 5-county service area, with 90 percent of those occurring in Howard County.
Calvio told KBest News that Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month is important to educate the community because they are potential jurors.
If you've been a victim of sexual assault, you can contact Victim Services, 24 hours a day/7 days per week, at 432-263-3312 or visit the national RAINN (Rape, Assault, & Incest National Network) website at: rainn.org