Women with disabilities are raped and abused at a rate of at least twice the general population of women. This means that a significant number of individuals with disabilities who live within our community are the survivors of sexual violence. The Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault’s Prevention Team feels that it is important to outreach to and educate all of the populations in the greater Fredericksburg area who might be at risk of victimization, which includes individuals living with mental health issues. This is exceptionally important considering the heightened risk of victimization for these individuals.
That is why with the support of the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board Kenmore Club, RCASA’s Prevention Team is proud to offer ASSERT, a prevention and education program for individuals affected by mental health disorders. ASSERT classes focus on topics such as building self-esteem, establishing personal boundaries and cultivating healthy interpersonal relationships. Through the use of interactive presentations and art projects individuals involved in the program are encouraged to develop personal characteristics that will reduce their risk of future victimization.
If you are interested in learning more about the ASSERT program please contact Kristin Harding at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 540-371-6771.
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