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April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the United States. Beginning as a week in the 1980's, the awareness effort quickly grew into a month-long campaign towards preventing sexual assault. Historically, awareness campaigns have focused on the full range of victims and types of violence designated under this crime.The 2018 National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSRVC) theme "Embrace Your Voice" encourages conversations to effectively change society's perceptions of sexually violent acts and imagery. By accurately defining what constitutes sexual violence, the NSVRC hopes that "we can become agents of change in the world."Certain demographics have statistically experienced sexual assault crimes in greater frequency and are thus categorized as high-risk, including women between the ages of 16 and 24, Native Americans, and college-age students. It's important that all victims are aware that assistance is available to them.To learn more about sexual assault prevention efforts taking place locally and nationally, please visit the James City County Alliance on Violence Against Women webpage, or follow the hashtag #SAAM on social media.Media Contact:Stephanie Williams, Police Spokesperson757-259-5173, 757-592-5618; firstname.lastname@example.org