MAYS LANDING-April is observed as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and April 7, 2022, is designated as SAAM Day of Action. SAAM Day of Action provides a day to focus awareness on sexual violence prevention. Through education, SAAM Day of Action aims to stop sexual assault, harassment and abuse before they happen. To bring awareness about these sexual assaults in Atlantic County, the ACPO Special Victims Unit is sharing the number of sexual assault investigations handled by the unit since 2019, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill announced.
Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT- Sex Crimes Section, Sexual Assault Investigations:
2019 – 200 Investigations
2020 – 242 Investigations
2021 – 227 Investigations
2022 – 35 Investigations
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT is led by Section Commander Capt. Kevin Hincks and Unit Commander Lt. William Adamson and includes the Sex Crimes section. The mission of the Sex Crimes section within the Special Victims Unit is to ensure a comprehensive response to the crime of sexual assault. Criminal investigations generally include the detection, arrest, and conviction of the sexual offender. It further entails providing various services and efforts designed to meet the needs of the sexual assault survivor.
Sexual violence is any form of unwanted, unwelcome or coercive sexual behavior.
It can be anything from sexual harassment to rape. Examples include stalking and sexual stalking on the Internet, inappropriate touching, penetration without the victim’s consent, and sexual activity with a victim unable to consent. Individuals unable to consent to sexual behavior or activity:
- Are under 13 years of age,
- Are under 16 and the assailant is at least four years older, or
- Have diminished mental capacity, which may be due to the individual being drugged, drunk, high, or unconscious or having a developmental disability
Help is Available If You Were Victimized Minutes Ago or Years Ago
|New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA)|
|Hotline: 1 (800) 601-7200|
|Phone: (609) 631-4450|
NJCASA is the collective voice for victims of sexual violence, their loved ones, and sexual violence programs across New Jersey. This 24-hour hotline connects callers to assistance and referrals.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.