Paul D. Pate
Secretary of State
Des Moines, IA 50319
|OFFICE OF THE IOWA SECRETARY OF STATE|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MEDIA RELEASE: Secretary Pate and Marion County Sheriff Jason Sandholdt join forces to raise awareness for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
DES MOINES – April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate and Marion County Sheriff Jason Sandholdt joined forces on Wednesday, April 12 to raise awareness for this horrible crime. The duo also promoted Iowa’s address confidentiality program, Safe at Home and resources available for survivors across the state.
“We want Iowans to know that law enforcement and my office are here to help if they need assistance,” Secretary Pate said in an interview. “This isn’t a rural issue – it isn’t an urban issue – it’s an Iowa issue and together sheriffs and my office are taking a stand against sexual abuse and getting Iowans the resources they need.”
Marion County Sheriff Jason Sandholdt also serves as the President of the Iowa Sheriff’s and Deputies Association in addition to his elected office. Sheriff Sandholdt wants to assure Iowans who are victims of this crime that their offices across all Iowa’s 99 counties are there to help and provide resources when requested.
“If you’re a victim of sexual abuse or assault, I encourage you to report it if you feel comfortable. This crime affects all demographics – regardless of background or where you live.” Sheriff Sandholdt said. “If you don’t feel comfortable contacting law enforcement, go to your local emergency room. They have specially trained nurses and advocates there that can help you navigate your next steps and get you the help you need.”
If you’re a victim seeking initial resources and next steps, contact the confidential Iowa Victim’s Call Center at 1-800-770-1650 or text ‘IOWAHELP’ to 20121 and a trained advocate will get in touch with you.
Iowa Safe at Home was established in 2015 as a resource for survivors of sexual abuse, domestic violence, assault, stalking and human trafficking. Today, there are approximately 1,200 participants across 77 of Iowa’s 99 counties. If you or someone you know could benefit from this program visit SafeAtHome.Iowa.Gov or call 515-725-7233.
A soundbite from Secretary Pate is available for your use at this link.
A soundbite from Marion County Sheriff Sandholdt is available for your use at this link.