A new resource, Safe Helpline, is for military service members to report sexual assault. This program allows victims to call, text or use live chat to report abuse.
According to the website:
In addition to providing help online, Safe Helpline is also available by phone. Safe Helpline is available from anywhere, anytime — 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, worldwide: 877-995-5247. The phone number is the same inside the U.S. or via the Defense Switched Network (DSN). When calling from DSN, there are four toll-free area codes (800, 888, 866, and 877) as DSN area codes to enable a direct dialing capability. DSN users can dial US toll-free numbers by simply dialing 94 + the 10-digit toll-free number.
Safe Helpline provides confidential crisis intervention, support and information to members of the Department of Defense (DoD) community who have been sexually assaulted.
You can get live, confidential help anytime, anywhere.
More information directly from the Safe Helpline website:
What to do if You or Someone You Know has been Sexually Assaulted:
Posted September 17th, 2014 at 7:46AM by Michelle Sigona
Montgomery County Police continue their search for two missing children, Sarah and Jacob Hoggle. Investigators say the children were last seen with their mother, Catherine Hoggle on Sept. 8. Since their disappearance, Catherine Hoggle has been arrested and authorities say they are shifting their efforts to a homicide investigation. If you know anything about where these children could be, please call 911.
Posted August 7th, 2014 at 7:24AM by Michelle Sigona
It’s one of the first apps of its kind and it was developed by ICE, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The goal is to sniff out child predators with the public’s help.
All tips can anonymously be reported through the app, by phone or online.
ICE Acting Director John Sandweg says, “When children are being sexually abused and exploited, it’s a race against the clock to rescue the child and bring the predator to justice. These investigations are one of our highest priorities, and in today’s world, we need to be technologically savvy and innovative in our approach.”
An ICE press release says, ICE’s public relations division and members from the HIS Cyber Crimes Center invented the app, along with the help from field offices across the country.
Posted July 29th, 2014 at 4:48AM by Michelle Sigona
Melanie Melanson (Photo: Middlesex District Attorney)
It was October 27, 1989 when Melanie Melanson, a 14-year-old freshman disappeared after a night out with friends in the woods. The Middlesex District Attorney’s office says Melanie was specifically with a group of five friends, before she vanished.
It’s been more than 24 years since anyone has seen or heard from Melanie, and her family and the DA’s office isn’t giving up on her. In fact, Melanie’s family is still teaming up with companies and releasing billboards with her picture and information on them.
Just this week, three billboards are in place north of Boston just in time for Melanie’s birthday. On November 1, Melanie would have turned 39.
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