RSAC promotes sexual awareness month

RSAC promotes sexual awareness month

By Shellie Berg

By Shellie Berg

Staff Reporter

At his weekly press conference on March 30, held at the YWCA, Mayor Charles Box announced Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. It is an attempt to make people aware of sexual crimes and pay tribute to those attempting to thwart sexual violence.

Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling (RSAC) is having special programs throughout April.

RSAC employs the theme, “Sexual Assault: Talk About it! STOP IT!” The theme is intended to compel the community to converse with friends and family members.

“The biggest thing is they need to talk about it,” RSAC’s Executive Director Maureen Mostacci noted. “They need to know help is available. The other thing I think is important to hear: One of three women can be a victim of sexual assault.”

She noted that even for men, women in their lives could be a victim. “It’s not just a women’s issue; it’s a society issue,” Mostacci said.

To elaborate on the issue, one project RSAC has this month is the Clothesline Project. Female sexual assault survivors created the shirts, which depict a particular female’s experience by either the survivor or another individual who knows the person.

The T-shirts will be on display at Rockford Public Library and Rockford College throughout April. People who want to view the displays with children should accompany them, as the shirts contain graphic illustrations and messages.

Other ongoing programs include Rape Aggression Defense (RAD), which began March 26 to fight physical violence.

RSAC, founded in 1977, has provided a variety of services to sexual assault survivors in Boone in Ogle Counties. Call 636-9811.

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