Candlelight walk to mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Tuesday evening at 7, local mayors Kevin Davis and Bob Shutt plan to sign a proclamation recognizing April 2109 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Hardin County and Savannah.
Marking the April 2 occasion, the Wo/Men’s Resource and Rape Assistance Program, or WRAP, is inviting the public to participate in a candlelight walk around the Hardin County courthouse in recognition of the ways sexual violence impacts communities.
According to WRAP Executive Director Daryl Chansuthus, at least half of those who are sexually assaulted will experience long-term symptoms of post-traumatic stress.
WRAP Sexual Assault Program Manager Mara White said, “The effects don’t end with the person who has been victimized. The climate of violence and fear sexual violence engenders tears at the fabric of community well-being. We need to recognize that sexual violence is not a women’s issue; it’s not a men’s issue. It’s a community issue.”
WRAP’s website, www.wraptn.org, says the organization’s services are free and confidential and include a 24/7 crisis line, safe homes, court and hospital accompaniment, counseling and therapy, resource linkage, and housing and utility assistance.
For more information, call 800-273-8712.

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