Provided by My Sisters’ Place
In observance of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, My Sisters’ Place in Newport will reveal tactics and techniques to prevent sexual assault in our community in a way that is deliberate and focused while preserving the dignity of the victims.
Events will kick-off on April 4th at 9:30 am with a proclamation at the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, to include sexual assault prevention exhibits on display at the courthouse, at public libraries throughout the county, and the Lincoln City Cultural Center.
My Sisters’ Place will also present mock court trials sponsored by Partnership Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (PAADA) and coordinated by Kiera Morgan, News Director of Yaquina Bay Communications. The trials will examine a case of sexual assault at a teen party where alcohol was available. These trials will be conducted at the Yachats Commons on April 24th, and the Newport Old Yaquina View School on April 26th. Both run from 6-8pm, with the audience playing the role of the jury. The mock trials are open to the public with a suggested $5 donation to benefit My Sisters’ Place. Students are admitted free.
“We are fortunate to have a community that supports our program and provides opportunities for education about sexual assault and the services we provide,” says Karen Shores, Executive Director. “We’ve provided services in Lincoln County for over 30 years and want victims to know that they are not alone.”
To properly note Sexual Assault Awareness Month, My Sisters’ Place would like to share some information about the incidents and severity of this emotionally and physically traumatic crime:
* Every two minutes, someone in the US is sexually assaulted.
* 80% of victims are under the age of 30, with 44% being under 18.
* Approximately two out of three sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows.
* 54% of sexual assaults go unreported to police.
My Sisters’ Place is a nonprofit organization providing shelter and services to victims in Lincoln County. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic, sexual, or dating violence, please call MSP’s crisis line at 541-994-5959 for information and safety options. For questions about any of April’s events, please call Caitlin Wilson, MSP’s Community Coordinator, at 541-574-9424.