UTICA, N.Y. -- April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, as well as Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Monday, the YWCA Mohawk Valley announced a number of events this month to raise awareness about both issues.
The CEO of the YWCA MV says the statistics are horrific. She says there’s a sexual assault or instance of child abuse every minutes in the United States.
The YW Mohawk Valley will hold several events in April to highlight awareness of the two issues including “Take Back the Night” events in both Utica and Herkimer.
There will be sexual assault harassment training for local businesses. And, there’s also a brand new effort to curb violence at night, called Safer Bars.
“The goal of safer bars is to train bar staff to identify a potentially dangerous situation and intervene before it escalates this is a regional collaboration with heart organizations in Albany and Schenectady can’t member establishes receive staff training policy development assistance and assessments and marketing to educate to the patrons that the program is there until sure their safety,” said Diane Stancato, the YWCA MV CEO.
Stancato says all of these programs bring the issues front and center this month, but work is done to curb sexual assault and child abuse all year long.