April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Across the country, communities are declaring April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Locally, Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling is endorsing the theme “Decide to End Sexual Violence” to create an awareness of sexual violence and emphasize a commitment to this cause.

A United Way Agency founded in 1977, RSAC has consistently provided a range of specific services for survivors of sexual trauma. Those include 24-hour crisis intervention, medical and legal advocacy, clinical services, prevention education programs and professional training. Its main office is in Rockford. Satellite offices are located in both Boone and Ogle counties.

“Talking about and telling about sexual assault makes us more aware of this violent crime. That’s what will help stop it,” says Maureen Mostacci, executive director of the counseling center.

Several events are planned throughout Winnebago and Boone counties to raise awareness about the issue of sexual violence in our communities. For a specific list of planned activities, contact Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling at (815) 636-9811.

Planned activities include:

u April 19: Personal Safety for Children at the Northeast Branch Library in Rockford from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Advance reservations requested by calling 636-9811.

u April 20: “The Clothesline Project” will be on display from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. near the library on the campus of Rock Valley College. Sexual assault information and services information will also be available.

u April 20: National Sexual Assault Awareness Day. Teal-colored “Decide to end sexual violence” fliers are to be displayed in car windows, on desks and storefronts. Everyone is encouraged to wear the color teal as well. Call 636-9811 for fliers to display or wear.

u April 21: “The Clothesline Project” will be presented in Rockford at the VFW Hall for the third straight year from 2-9 p.m. Rockford Sexual Assault counselors will be on hand to talk with people, and information booths will be provided by the Center as well as WAVE. Attendance is free, and light refreshments will be provided.

u April 24: “Healing Through Art” is an art show that honors healing from sexual violence at the YWCA, 4990 E. State St., Rockford, from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

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