Camden, N.J. – April 6 is the 2021 Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day of Action and the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office is acting by highlighting the resources available to victims.
According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network or RAINN, a person is sexually assaulted in America every 73 seconds, with the majority of victims falling between the ages of 12 to 34 years old.
“One of the most alarming statistics out there is that nearly one out of every five women in America has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape. The statistics for childhood sexual abuse are even higher,” said Acting Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer. “Our office has a Victim Witness Unit dedicated to standing by and helping victims as they move forward. It’s important that victims of sexual assault are listened to, believed, and are provided with the necessary resources to ensure they get the help and treatment they need.”
In New Jersey, victims of sexual assault are additionally protected by both Sex Offense Restraining Orders (SORO) and the Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act of 2015 (SASPA).
If charges are authorized against a perpetrator, sexual assault victims can request a Sex Offense Restraining Order pursuant to Nicole’s Law. Nicole’s Law prohibits defendants who are charged and convicted of sex offenses with having any contact with the victim or victims.
Through SASPA, if charges are declined, a victim may still have the ability to obtain a protective order.
Listed below are some of the local and national resources available:
- Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Victim Witness Unit
- (856) 225-8440
- Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, SANE Coordinator
- (856) 365-3111
- Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, Major Crimes Unit
- (856) 225-8659
- Center for Family Services – Services Empowering Rights of Victims (SERV)
- CARES Institute
- 856-309-DOCS (3627)
If you are in immediate danger and need help, please call 911.