Why We Invest in Awareness and Prevention

2019 ended with nearly 459,310 rape or sexual assaults in the U.S.,  a decline from the 734,630 victimizations in 2018. This decline in reports from person age 12 or older, went from 2.7 per 1,000 in 2018 to 1.7 per 1,000 in 2019. Often, a victim will not make a report, so the number doesn’t reflect the majority. The percentage of reported rapes and sexual assaults to police, was 24.9% in 2018 and 33.9% in 2019.  ¹(See source citation below.)  Consider that the majority of rapes and sexual assaults go unreported, and the numbers paint a bleak picture.

Fair Haven Rape Crisis Center sexual assault awareness and prevention programs are designed to support victims and impact change within Lake, Porter LaPorte Counties, Northwest Indiana..  Our mission… to help slow down the clock and reverse the trend in future years.

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Direct Services provides 24-hour rape response services offered to Lake County, IN.  This program provides the sexual assault victim the opportunity to have the support of a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate present prior to and during all medical and legal proceedings and throughout the entire legal and healing process.

If you live in the Lake, Porter, or LaPorte County, Northwest Indiana, are a victim of sexual assault or violence, and would like to speak with an advocate, call or text our 24-hour crisis hotline 219-218-2552.

Our community education program, Think First & Stay Safe, is built on seven Cornerstone Lessons for grades K-6 students. For grades 7-12 students, we use Teen Lures Newscast.  We visit our region schools to build relationships teach our children to stay safe and identify the lures that are consistently used in predatory crimes against children. Most often, they are committed by someone the child knows.

For more information or to schedule a presentation, please contact our office or email: info@asafeport.org

¹Data Source: Morgan, R., & Truman, J. (2020). Criminal victimization, 2019 (NCJ 255113). U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. (Link to Source Document)



What are Participants Saying?

An Elementary School Principal

An elementary principal was impressed that her son, a kindergartner that participated in the program lead by Ms. Shana the week prior, knew and could articulate and describe a child lure, 'Mom did you know it is a trick?'

A Kindergarten Teacher

A very grateful kindergarten teacher said, 'I felt that they needed to know these things, but felt unqualified to teach it. Thank you for coming and please come back to my class every year- we want you!'

How Effective Is Our Program?

The test results paint the picture.  Our Prevention Education & Outreach program results for teaching awareness and protecting children can be seen in the “before and after” scores from  several educational sessions.  Sexual assault awareness and education lead to prevention.

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