SEMO NASV offers help for sexual assault victims
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 24-30. One organization is focused on helping victims of a crime many don’t speak about.
Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence (SEMO NASV) is a place that supports victims of all crimes but specializes in one that many are silent about. Alix Gasser, SEMO NASV development director, says SEMO NASV has services for all victims of crime.
“We are an advocacy center we are a counseling center we are so we basically provide all of those services for victims of crime and our specifics are victims of physical and sexual abuse and children and sexual assault in adults,” said Gasser.
Sexual assault can happen to people of all ages and its impact of it is felt forever.
“Unfortunately, one and 10 children will be sexually assaulted before they turn the age of 18 so it is a problem out there,” she said.
Gasser says those at SEMO NASV want people to know they have the experience and training to severe them in their toughest times.
“We’re a really friendly comfortable space, free to talk all of our interviewers have special training to be able to talk to survivors of sexual assault or sexual abuse,” said Gasser.
The message from SEMO NASV and of all the supporters this week is to not be afraid to get support and speak up to prevent predators from repeating this abuse.
“If you can report a sexual assault or sexual abuse even if it occurred a while ago and your help stopping that perpetrator from hurting someone else,” said Gasser.
Visit semonasv.org to learn more about SEMO NASV.