The Board of County Commissioners of Calvert County desires to eliminate barriers which prevent all citizens from realizing their full potential. The Crisis Intervention Center began services in 1984, as a result of advocacy from the Commission for Women and support from other agencies and citizens, providing comprehensive services and counseling, as a liaison for victims of crime, family violence, sexual assault, and trauma, as well as networking with law enforcement, social services, the judicial system, and school and medical personnel.
The Crisis Intervention Center works together with the community at large to raise awareness, through displays and events, to end sexual assault in our county — understanding that victims of sexual assault are not alone, need not suffer in silence, and can join together to support each other, heal wounds, and rebuild a sense of safety.
Sexual assault, in all forms, damages our communities, weakens our county’s foundation, and hurts those we love the most. Sexual assault can affect anyone; it crosses all ethnic, racial, age, national origin, sexual orientation, religious, and socioeconomic barriers, hurting countless American men, women, children, and families. One in five women and one in seven men will be raped at some point in their lives and one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18; thus, increasing the likelihood that they will suffer lifelong symptoms of sexual assault.
Victims of sexual assault should have access to supportive services they need to assist in their healing, should not fear the stigma of speaking out, and we, as a community, must stand up against sexual assault in any form. Every person has the right to be safe and secure in his or her own community.
We must also educate ourselves, our youth, and other community members to recognize the signs and stop the perpetuation of sexual assault. It is our hope to eliminate sexual assault in Calvert County through education, awareness, community support, and collaboration among individuals, community groups, law enforcement, and other governmental agencies.
The Calvert Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) proclaimed the month of April 2019 be known as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Calvert County. The commissioners urge all citizens to actively support efforts to end sexual assault, and prevent harm to women, men, children, families and our communities.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon