Press Release

City & Partners Amp Up Sexual Assault Awareness Global Campaign Share

Mar 31, 2021  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

April is Sex­u­al Assault Aware­ness Month (SAAM), and the City of Mar­i­on as part of the Grant Coun­ty Sex­u­al Assault Response Team and par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­ness­es and orga­ni­za­tions are rais­ing aware­ness this April through a unique campaign.

Mar­i­on Police Chief Angela Haley explained, The Mar­i­on Police Depart­ment and the City of Mar­i­on want­ed to par­tic­i­pate in the What Were You Wear­ing?” Cam­paign to help break down the stig­ma of Sex­u­al Assault. We want vic­tims to know that they are not alone and DO NOT need to suf­fer in silence. MPD stands ready to inves­ti­gate and assist in pros­e­cu­tion to hold per­pe­tra­tors account­able. Our Victim’s Advo­cate and Hands of Hope with Fam­i­ly Ser­vices stand ready to sup­port vic­tims of Sex­u­al Assault in their recovery.”

Victim’s Advo­cate Tam­my Wolf added, Pre­ven­tion is everyone’s respon­si­bil­i­ty. The pur­pose of pre­ven­tion is to stop Sex­u­al Assault before it has a chance to hap­pen. We can do this through encour­ag­ing safe behav­iors, healthy rela­tion­ships, and spread­ing aware­ness. It is pos­si­ble to cre­ate com­mu­ni­ties and envi­ron­ments where every­one is treat­ed with respect and equal­i­ty. All of our voic­es have pow­er; we must work together!”

Loca­tions through­out Grant Coun­ty have joined the glob­al move­ment of What Were You Wear­ing?” dis­plays using cloth­ing to illus­trate vic­tims’ sto­ries. Grant Coun­ty Loca­tions: Mar­i­on City Hall, Mar­i­on Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal, Sender Café, Mar­i­on Pub­lic Library, Gas City City Hall, Mar­i­on High School, Indi­ana Wes­leyan Uni­ver­si­ty Elder Hall.

The City is encour­ag­ing three activ­i­ties this April in sup­port of SAAM: Sur­vivors Rock, Teal Tues­day, and Den­im Day (See sep­a­rate attachments).

Local hot­line 765.664.0701 | Nation­al hot­line: 1 – 800-656-HOPE (4673) | Online Chat rainn​.org

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