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 February 11th, 2015 at 8:43AM by Michelle Sigona
Jessica Chambers, FBI Photo
The FBI is working to figure out who set on fire and killed Mississippi teen Jessica Chambers. On December 6, 2014, authorities say Jessica, who was 19-years-old, was set on fire inside her vehicle on the side of a Courtland roadway. When first responders arrived they found Jessica severely burned. She also reportedly whispered something to the firefighter’s and EMT’s. Although the District Attorney will not say what Jessica told them, they are actively searching for answers.
If you know anything about this case, please contact the FBI directly.
Posted January 4th, 2015 at 7:57PM by Michelle Sigona
The statistics of sexual assault, according to RAINN, arequite alarming. One in six women and one in 33 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. In addition, approximately every two minutes someone is assaulted in the United States.
So what can you do to help? There’s a list of things you can do to get involved. Take a look at the GET INVOLVED category on RAINN’s website. RAINN also provides free online training for crisis centers and volunteers. The 24/7 hotline is staffed with counselors who care and want to make a difference.
If you are a victim, and you have not reported the rape, please consider taking time to reach out.
Posted November 26th, 2014 at 6:36AM by Michelle Sigona
During Thanksgiving break, 2012, police say Dylan Redwine vanished from his father’s Colorado home. Seven months later, on a mountain nearby, some of Dylan’s remains were found. Today, his case is still unsolved and authorities need your tips. If you know anything about Dylan’s case, please contact: 970.247.1112
Posted November 19th, 2014 at 9:25AM by Michelle Sigona
You can host a TAKE 25 event right in your own community to help educate children and parents on safety. This program, offered by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, aspires to get communities across America involved and to hopefully prevent abductions.
It was created in honor of National Children’s Day to encourage parents and guardians to take 25 minutes to educate their children about safety topics. The goal is to help children make better decisions in life, set limitations on what they do, and give parents and guardians the tools they need.
Some of the topics covered are Internet, school, out and about, and at home safety. So consider taking a few moments today and read more about Take 25 and consider becoming a volunteer or hosting a program in your own neighborhood.
Michelle Sigona is an Emmy Award winning journalist. Over her career, Michelle has covered thousands of breaking and historical news stories -- and the good fight doesn't stop there. In her spare time, she is a volunteer firefighter.
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