Sexual assault is a scary and uncomfortable topic, but avoiding the discussion altogether will not help the issue improve. Awareness is important, so that our community is more equipped to prevent further assault, hold perpetrators accountable, and support victims.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month – a time to learn more about this specific issue in our community, our country, and our world. You may see an increase in social media posts about the issue or even some local events themed toward sexual assault in April. But, at the end of the month, it can be easy to move on and forget what you’ve learned.
This year, use the knowledge you gain throughout April to join the cause toward prevention and awareness. Check out some of the resources below for some ideas of how you can get involved, learn more, or get support for a past assault. Join the cause to make our communities safer for all.
Learn more about the national campaign on the National Sexual Violence Resource Center here.
Looking for volunteer opportunities? On April 18th, the next training session for Women in Need volunteers begins! This training is for Counselor/Advocate Volunteers and Community Volunteers.
- 65-hour certified counselor/advocate training
- 3-hour mandated reporter training
- 5 hours of practicum
- 20-hour training
- 3-hour mandated reporter training
- 5-hour education program training
National Crime Victims Rights Week is a nationally recognized event that includes rallies, online events, and much more – all for the purpose of raising awareness and fighting for the rights of victims of crime. WIN will be posting a series of video interviews with local professionals working in criminal justice throughout this week. Stay tuned for those videos as well as other content on our social media pages.
For more information about the nationwide events, visit this website.
Mark your calendar for May 5th, 2023, for our next Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event!
You know the old adage, “you don’t know what someone is going through until you walk a mile in their shoes.” This event brings that old saying to life! Local men and boys will almost literally walk a mile in the shoes of women and sexual assault victims by putting on a pair of red heels and walk together in Downtown Chambersburg. Through your support, we can raise awareness of sexual violence in our community and raise funds for WIN Victim Services.
Participate in 3 simple steps:
- Register – Sign up by clicking the link below! You will receive a confirmation email and instructions on how to get sponsors and prepare for the walk.
- Fundraise – Ask friends, family, and your community to sponsor your walk. This is a crucial part of participating. All proceeds go directly to WIN.
- Walk – Show up for check-in on the day of the event, receive your pair of heels, and walk downtown. Tell friends and family to come watch you and support the event!
**NEW THIS YEAR: The walker who raises the most sponsorship money will win a GRAND PRIZE that includes the following items: $100 in cash donated by In & Out Beverage, $50 gift card to Liquid Art Brewing Company, $50 Butcher Bucks for The Butcher Shoppe, and a $25 gift card to Legendz Bar!
Check in begins at 5pm. Walk begins at 6pm.
Registration is now open!
Sponsored by: American Legion Auxiliary Post 46, Manitowoc, Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls and Bread, Procter and Gamble, TB Wood’s and Ventura Foods.
Stop by and see us at the VFW Safety Fun Fest! Learn about relationship and tech safety and about the WIN organization as a whole.
Come see the WIN team at Fulton County Medical Center’s summer kick off event! We’ll have a table set up the entire time – come ask any questions you have about WIN and find out about all the free and confidential services we offer.
Come visit the WIN team at the Juneteenth celebration at NETwork ministries! Learn about the free and confidential services WIN offers, including counseling and support groups.
This is a free training provided by WIN Victim Services in Franklin County, PA. This course focuses on proper strangulation investigation that may be found in intimate partner violence crimes, sexual assault crimes, elder abuse crimes and child abuse crimes. Throughout this course, you will learn:
- How to identify critical injuries
- How to collect evidence and take proper documentation
- How to advocate for strangulation victims
- The importance of identifying predominate aggressors
To Sign Up…
Download this document, fill out your information, and send it to Eric Williams either by email (EricW@winservices.org) or fax (717-264-3168). If you are having problems downloading the document, email Eric to receive a copy.
Speaker: Lieutenant Tony Craigo, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department
Lt. Tony Craigo is a 23-year veteran of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department. There, he works as the Lieutenant over CSU (Criminal Services Unit), which consists of the Major Crimes Unit, Drug Unit, Marshal Taskforce, and Domestic Violence Unit. Also, he is a batterer intervention prevention facilitator and instructs law enforcement at the West Virginia State Police Academy on domestic violence, lethality assessment, and strangulation investigation.
Lt. Craigo has instructed law enforcement and other professionals on domestic violence, sexual assault, strangulation, elder abuse, stress management, human trafficking and stalking. As a result, he has been awarded the Purple Ribbon Award by the WV Coalition Against Domestic Violence and was recognized by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of West Virginia twice for Distinguished Service and Excellency.
Additionally, Lt. Craigo has represented rural policing in Washington D.C. on forums to include body camera use and gender bias in Violence Against Women’s crimes. He has testified in front of the WV House/Senate Interim Judiciary Committee regarding West Virginia’s strangulation bill and most recently educated members of Congress in Washington, D.C. at a Congressional Informational Briefing on behalf of Legal Services Corporation regarding representation of rural victims of domestic violence. Further, he trains and consults nationally for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life, SHIELD, and locally for the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, WV Foundation for Rape Information Services, and many other state agencies related to abuse.
PDF flyer available here: http://winservices.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/Strangulation-Training-Flyer.pdf
The WIN offices will be closed for the federal holiday. However, as always, you can call our hotline at 717-264-4444 or 1-800-621-6660. For non-urgent messages, you can also call our office and leave a message at 717-264-3056.
Join our fall volunteer training session to become a WIN volunteer! Volunteer opportunities include:
- Community Volunteer – attend tabling and fundraising events to help educate the community about what WIN does
- Indirect Services Volunteer – complete supporting tasks for the WIN shelter and advocacy center
- Direct Services Volunteer – directly serve WIN clients, including hotline staffing, conducting support groups, and more
To learn more or sign up, email Kristy at email@example.com.