In light of the Penn State Sex Scandal, one Oklahoma City man is launching a Facebook campaign.
His name is August Rivera, and he's encouraging victims of sex crimes to break their silence and speak out to expose their perpetrators. He's calling it the "No Shame" campaign.
Rivera is encouraging victims of sex abuse, especially boys and men, to report it. So they can stop suffering in silence. He's also doing his part to help those who have been abused by becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer.
Now Rivera will serve as a voice in court for children who have been neglected and abused. And he's encouraging victims, young and old, to use their own voice to report any abuse they may have endured.
Rivera has also worked for DHS as a child welfare worker and he hopes his Facebook page will encourage boys and men to speak out. He said awareness is the key behind the "No Shame Campaign".
"I have a voice, I have the education, I have the experience, "said Rivera, at his CASA swearing in ceremony. " I needed to do something."
Rivera said the purpose of the internet campaign is to shatter the stigma associated with sex abuse. He said it's the lack of reporting, as in the case of the Penn State Sex Scandal, that is appalling.
"If it is happening, report it," said Rivera. "If it has happened to you, tell someone. Seek counseling, whatever the case may be, say something to somebody."
Rivera is encouraging men and women to wear red on December 1 to bring attention to the "No Shame Campaign" and to encourage and support all victims of sexual abuse.
CASA's next training orientation will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on December 13.