Beebe Kickstarts Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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Northwest Counseling, Inc. applauds Arkansas support of National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Governor Mike Beebe says sexual assault crimes have a high cost, emotionally and fiscally on victims and state agencies.

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An estimated one-in-five Arkansas women will experience such an assault or attempted assault at some point during her lifetime.

Northwest Counseling, Inc. (NCI) recognizes the value of awareness and prevention of sexual assault crimes. Thirty percent or more of the counseling clients at NCI have been impacted by some form of sexual violence in their lifetimes.

NCI applauds Gov. Beebe for leading Arkansas to participate in National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe gave a jump start to National Sexual Awareness and Prevention Month during his weekly radio address. Beebe urged victims to seek counseling and other help from the Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

ACASA offers victims of sexual violence counseling and support services, provider-trainings, and outreach services in schools and communities throughout the State.

Sexual violence is prevalent among women in the Natural State. "An estimated one-in-five Arkansas women will experience such an assault or attempted assault at some point during her lifetime."

Beebe noted the high human costs to victims and their families. Sexual Assault affects personal health, employment financial stability and victims' "personal sense of safety and well-being."

Beebe commented that victims' counseling and health services are financially costly. "In fact, the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence estimates that violence and abuse contribute to more than a third of all health-care costs in America."

High costs of the crime are used for health care for victims, offender treatment, increased law enforcement and sex offender tracking.

Beebe urged persons who have been assaulted to seek help. ACASA and other groups provide victim services.

Other counseling services, such as Northwest Counseling, Inc. also provide recovery services for sexual assault victims and also works to prevent sexual assault by educating and supporting domestic safety for children, women and men who are at risk.

ACASA and the Governor joined to proclaim April as Arkansas Sexual Assault Awareness Month in 2008

Advocacy groups are using social media and traditional education to bring awareness of sexual crimes to reduce the number of unreported assaults and increase the number of perpetrators brought to justice.

See the Governor's website for a complete transcript the radio address.

William D. Oldham, LPC, Owner
Northwest Counseling, Inc.

William Oldham is owner of Northwest Counseling, Inc. serving Bentonville, Rogers, Bella Vista, Centerton, and all of Northwest Arkansas since 2001 with professional counseling services for all ages. NCI has 5 professional counseling staff to providing child therapy, individual, teen, family and marriage counseling.

A high percentage of clients served at NCI have been victims of sexual assault. NCI supports National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month.

By William D. Oldham, LPC, Owner Northwest Counseling, Inc. of Bentonville, Arkansas providing counseling to Rogers, Bella Vista, Centerton, Bentonville and Northwest Arkansas.

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