Oklahoma AG to observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Attorney General Scott Pruitt is urging Oklahomans to help observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Since 2001, the month of April has been observed to raise awareness of sexual violence and help educate the public about prevention.

Sexual assault and abuse includes any type of non-consensual sexual activity and can be verbal, visual or anything that forces unwanted sexual contact or attention. According to the National Institute for Justice, most victims know their offender and a majority of assaults go unreported each year.

Victims are urged to report any crimes to local law enforcement and to seek help. The Attorney General's Victim Services Unit has administered funding and certification for domestic and sexual violence programs throughout the state since 2005. The unit provides training for law enforcement, prosecutors and shelter workers

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