Department of Family Services - Domestic and Sexual Violence Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

703-324-5730
TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Pennino Building, Floor 7, Suite 740
Fairfax, VA 22035

Toni Zollicoffer,
Director

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

2019 Sexual Assault Awareness Month graphic ribbon teal

What is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and why do we observe it?

The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it. Sexual violence is a major public health, human rights, and social justice issue that has no place in homes, neighborhoods, schools or workplaces.

The 2019 theme is Be.the.One. Believe Survivors. The focus is on how community members can support survivors of sexual assault by listening to their stories, letting them control their next steps, and helping them feel validated.

We encourage everyone to Be.the.One to Believe Survivors, and Fairfax County is participating in a series of events to help with that endeavor.

2019 Joint Reception for Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month

Apr. 18 - Teal Out!

One in 4 women and one in six men will experience sexual violence in their lifetime. They have the right to tell their stories and to have others listen. Everyone can Be. the. One. to #BelieveSurvivors. People wore teal to show support and raise awareness.