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Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP) - Men, Step Up. Stop Rape!

 

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Violence against women is a major social issue that goes largely unreported.  It takes several forms, including sexual assault and rape.  Forcing someone to have sex against their will does not make the one who does it more of a man.  It is a cowardly crime, plain and simple. 

In Montgomery County, there has been an increase in the number of rapes reported to the police.  During the first quarter of 2011, the Montgomery County Police Department had a 4.6% decrease in reported crimes overall, yet in that same period there was a 54.2%increase in reported rape.  This is significant, but even more significant is the fact that most rapes and sexual assaults are not reported to police!

 

THINGS MEN CAN DO TO STEP UP AND STOP RAPE: .

 MEN AS WELL AS WOMEN CAN BECOME VICTIMS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE! 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND YOURSELF CONFRONTED BY:

SPEAK UP!   ASK FOR HELP  If you have been a victim,  DO NOT  KEEP SILENT!   Let someone know - a person you trust, the police, or your local Rape Crisis Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are confronted by a sexually aggressive person who insists on having sex with you, whether or not they are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, use your best judgment to survive the situation.  You are not at fault.  Call the police if you can as quickly as possible.  Your safety is the first priority.  Call VASAP; we are here to help!

 

For immediate assistance, call:

 


Weekdays 240-777-1355 weekdays
24-hour crisis line 240-777-4357 24-hour crisis line
TTY 240-777-1347 TTY
FAX 240-777-1329 FAX

 

Contact us by email at vasap@montgomerycountymd.gov.