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Take Back the Night events in April

Published April 06. 2010 05:00PM

Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice's National Crime Victimization Survey, one out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.

Seventeen million American women have been victims of sexual abuse.

College students experience disproportionately high rates of sexual violence: One in five college women will be a victim of sexual assault by the time she graduates.

Ninety percent of sexual assault in college is committed by an acquaintance. Less than 5 per cent of college rape victims report their assault to the police.

In an effort to educate the community, April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Women's Resources of Monroe County has scheduled several local events that are intended to raise public awareness about sexual assault, educate the community, and raise needed funds to support programs for victims.

This year's hallmark event is "Take Back the Night March." *For over 30 years women all over the world have been shattering the silence around sexual assault and violence against women at "Take Back the Night Marches."

Women's Resources of Monroe County will be teaming up this year with East Stroudsburg University's Women for Awareness and Residence Life to spearhead the 2010 event. It will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Courthouse on April 22, and march to East Stroudsburg University as they "take back the night" and speak out about rape and violence on college campuses and in their community.

This unique event brings survivors, supporters and community leaders together to call for the end of violence against women according to long time supporter and woman's rights advocate Jane Koelble, Program Director of Women's Resources of Monroe County.

Women's Resources of Monroe County has also scheduled other events throughout the month including, Martinis and Manicures on April 8 at Desaki Japanese Restaurant, Serenity Against Violence on April 25, at Shear Design Salon, and Borders Books Store fundraiser Stroudsburg, Pa. April 28. For more information on upcoming events call Janette Peri at 570-424-2093, Ext. 22.

Women's Resources has been providing free and confidential services to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence in our community for 30 years.

If you or someone you know has been hurt by these crimes, whether past or present, male or female, adult, child or teen, you can reach the local 24 hour hotline at (570)421-4200.

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