LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Family Crisis Center of East Texas began the "Day of Action" Friday to support the sharing of awareness of sexual assault and abuse in Angelina and Nacogdoches Counties.
The crisis center took to Twitter and Facebook to share their message urging their social media fans and friends to help share the message online.
"The Day of Action is where we are asking people all in the community to change their profile pictures, tweet about it, tell somebody about sexual assault awareness month. The point is to kind of spread it all over social media so everyone knows what the month is and obviously so that somebody who might need help can know where to go," said Susan Robertson, the fund development director for the Family Crisis Center of East Texas in Lufkin.
Robertson says it's incredibly easy to share awareness.
"On Facebook right now, our theme this year is Step Up for Change. When we posted it this morning, we have a logo that says Step Up for Change Sexual Awareness Month. So you can change it to that, you can copy and paste it or the color is teal. There is a teal ribbon that they can change it to and you can definitely search Google and there is plenty of logos and ribbons and image for sexual assault awareness month," said Robertson.
In Texas, one in five women and one in twenty men have been sexually assaulted in some point in their lifetime. Robertson says only 18 percent of those victims have actually come forward.
"Many at the Family Crisis Center and many agencies throughout Texas are here to help you and we can do what we can to offer you support, counseling, report to law enforcement that we are here for you," said Robertson.
Robertson says it's easier to share messages about their campaign through social media because it's quick.
"The more people we can reach the more people will know so that somebody out there who might see it who might have suffered in the past, been sexually assaulted or if Heaven forbid, that one day in the future something might happen, that they know there are agencies out there that can help them," said Robertson.