April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month
In Family Law cases, we frequently see cases of sexual assault and other domestic violence. There are many avenues available to aid victims of sexual assault. For instance, in our community, there is an organization called the Abuse Rape and Crisis Shelter of Warren County. It specializes in helping victims of all kinds of abuse overcome their current circumstances and become empowered survivors. It provides shelter, legal advocacy, and also has multiple programs that help their clients in a variety of ways. Another avenue that our community has to combat sexual assault and other domestic violence is the Civil Protection Orders available through the Warren County Domestic Relations Court, as well as other Courts (see our previous post about CPOs). However, recently the Ohio legislature recently sent a bill to Governor Kasich’s office to try to expand the Ohio statue’s definition of who can seek a CPO from a Domestic Relations Court. If passed, it will include people in “partner relationships,” meaning that you don’t have to physically live with your romantic partner to obtain a CPO against them. Finally, in Ohio there is a larger program called the OhioHealth Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio that also provides advocacy support, emotional support, and medical and social services to Ohio citizens. Sexual Assault Awareness month is about starting a conversation about sexual assault and educating people about how to prevent it. We are proud that our local community takes this initiative seriously not only during April, but also throughout the rest of the year. If you feel that you need assistance obtaining a CPO, please call our office to schedule a consultation.