April 3, 2017
MARTINSVILLE – “It’s happening in your home, in your neighborhood, down the street,” said Mary Jones, Southside Survivor Response Center (SSRC) sexual assault victim advocate.
According to SSRC, one in five women and one in eight men have been victims of sexual assault during their lifetime.
“This is reality,” Jones said. “This is what’s happening.”
Oftentimes, sexual assault isn’t a topic people discuss. On Thursday, SSRC plans to bring the global issue to light – on a local level.
Instead of turning a blind eye on an uncomfortable topic, Jones challenged people in the area to come out and support the program, “Engaging New Voices,” on April 6.
“Engaging New Voices is reaching out into the community to get people who are not actually involved with Southside Survivor Response Center to stand with us to end rape culture in our community,” Jones said.
While outside support is encouraged, those who have already pledged to do their part to end sexual assault are also welcome. Jones invited those involved in education, fraternities, sororities and law enforcement officials, just to name a few.
While she’s held similar events in Danville, this will be the first of its kind in the Martinsville-Henry County area.
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