In response to a national debate surrounding sexual assault allegations against U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Montgomery County is trying to raise awareness about the issue.
Citing the national conversation around sexual assault after several different women accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault while he was a teenager, Montgomery County is trying to make the public aware of County resources for sexual assault victims, especially since Kavanaugh and his accusers are from Montgomery County.
The County’s Victim Assistance and Sexual-Assault Program provides rape and sexual-assault victims with counseling, support, compensation and information to help them cope with their trauma.
The Montgomery County Commission for Women has encouraged people who are victims of rape and sexual assault to report the crimes to Montgomery County Police, saying MCPD’s Special Victims Investigations Division is equipped to provide assistance from highly-trained officers who can help victims of sexual assault.
“The Montgomery County Commission for Women encourages victims and survivors of sexual assault, who are ready, to reach out for assistance. Your fear is normal; your assault was not,” said Judy Stiles, a spokesperson for the County, in a press release.
The County is encouraging anyone who is or knows someone who is a victim of sexual assault to contact (240) 777-8333. Those who want to contact the Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program can call (240) 777-1355. Those wanting to speak with the Montgomery County Police Department Special Victims Investigations Division can call (240) 773-5400.