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April is Sexual Assault & Child Abuse Awareness Month, donate and changes lives!

Your support is changing lives, and we see it every day! In 2023 the Safe Passage Sexual Assault Response Team supported 461survivors of sexual violence in our community that is 146 adults and 215 children. Read on...

When the Safe Passage Advocate arrived at the emergency department, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) who had called pulled her aside. “Melissa’s gone back and forth on wanting a Safe Passage Advocate present (not her real name). I told her it’s best practice to alert an advocate and explained how your agency confidentially supports victims of sexual assault,” the nurse said.

The Advocate left her contact information for Melissa and a few days later received a call from her.

“I just need to know if I have to report to the police in order to work with you,” Melissa asked. “See this happened on a work trip and I just can’t have this made public right now,” Melissa added. The Advocate explained that working with a community-based advocate at Safe Passage is completely confidential and she didn’t need to do or say anything she didn’t want to. Reporting to Law Enforcement is up to the adult survivor.

While Safe Passage is part of a coordinated community response team that includes law enforcement, prosecutors, medical providers and system-based victim advocates, we offer only understanding and options. Partnerships with local law enforcement and healthcare providers are crucial to our ability to support survivors, but we do not have any reporting requirements for victims using our services. They are free and confidential.

April is Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Awareness Month, and you can continue to make an impact in North Idaho by investing in the future of our community. Our goal is to raise $20,000 this month. Consider a monthly or one-time gift, money held in real estate, life insurance policies, publicly traded stock, mutual funds, or other appreciated assets that can be designated tax-free to qualified charities to create a transformational impact. Contact Leslie Johnson at 208.664.9300 ext 105 to customize a charitable gift.

Now, more than ever, we must come together as a community to support Safe Passage's mission. Together we can create a community free from violence!