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Tempe Police Kickoff Campaign: Nat'l Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month

Post Date:04/01/2014
Media Release
Community Affairs/PIO

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Tempe Police Campaign: National Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month

Throughout the year, Tempe Police work to prevent, investigate and prosecute sexual violence, particularly during our Back to School/Safe & Sober campaign in the early fall. To bring heightened attention to National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, Tempe Police are kicking off a month-long campaign.

Statistics from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center show that 1 of 5 women and 1 of 71 men will be sexually assaulted at some point in their lives. We know that excessive alcohol consumption is often associated with serious and violent crimes, and with a significant number of sexual assault incidents. Tempe Police are committed to partnering with our community to raise awareness about sexual violence.

Chief of Police Tom Ryff stated, “We work with our community partners to prevent sexual violence throughout the year, to support victims, and to diligently investigate all reports of sexual assault. We want to take the opportunity during National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month to focus on outreach and raise awareness. We want to do everything we can to prevent sex assaults, to remove any stigma attached to being a victim of a crime. It is imperative that anyone who has been sexually abused or assaulted call and report the incident to police. We also want to send a clear message that, as with prior arrests, perpetrators of sexual assault and abuse will be pursued, located, arrested, charged, and in partnership with the County Attorney, faced with sentencing for their crimes.”

Tempe Police partners in the campaign include:
*Maricopa County Attorney’s Office
*Childhelp (dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect)
*SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners)
*Tempe Coalition (to reduce underage drinking and drug use)
*Tumbleweed (resources for vulnerable or homeless youth)
*Arizona State University
*Arizona Army National Guard - Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)
*Arizona Multi-Housing Association (AMA)
*Downtown Tempe businesses and establishments licensed to sell alcohol
*Circle K, 7-Eleven and Quik Trip

Tempe Patrol vehicles will be flying a turquoise ribbon, the national symbol for Sex Assault Awareness and Prevention. Many of the downtown businesses have partnered with us by agreeing to post our flyers, and will be serving beverages with turquoise cocktail napkins which provide the website for the National Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness campaign. Flyers will also be posted with our partners at Circle K, 7-Eleven and Quik Trip convenience stores.

Crime Prevention Officers in partnership with ASU are scheduled to speak with the membership of Fraternities and Sororities – not only about safety, but also about the harsh realities of what victims suffer, and the process of being charged with Sexual Assault. Officers on party patrol and in the downtown will be handing out business-sized “Stop and Think” cards to anyone they encounter who may benefit from the printed safety tips and resource links. Tempe Police Department thanks our community for your support in keeping Tempe safe!
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