Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is an annual awareness and prevention campaign observed in April. This year's theme is “Engaging New Voices.” The purpose of SAAM is to raise awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is an annual awareness and prevention campaign observed in April. This year’s theme is “Engaging New Voices.” The purpose of SAAM is to raise awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it.

Oasis Sexual Violence Program (formerly Rape Crisis Outreach) offers services to survivors and their families, information and education to the public about sexual violence, and improves public policy and criminal justice response to sexual violence.

In 2016, Oasis Sexual Violence Program provided services to over 690 adult victims and 102 child victims with 55 of those reported from Beauregard Parish.

Like June N. Jenkins, a local shelter in DeRidder, the program helps those who are victims of domestic violence as well. They provide a safe haven with 24/7 staff, food, clothing, and personal toiletries. In addition to short term shelter, Oasis also provides housing assistance and job referrals. The program also offers weekday tutoring for children ages 3-11, so they can get homework assistance in a safe environment and thrive. They also employ an outreach program for assisting women in rural areas.

For more information or to schedule an in-service or presentation, call 337-494-7274 or 1-800-223-8066.

If you are a victim, or know a victim, of sexual or domestic abuse, please contact the Oasis Crisis hotline at (337) 436-4552 or (800) 223-8066.