April is Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Alpine County Women's Center invites you, your friends and your family to take part in our community events this April to show your support of local survivors of child abuse and sexual assault, to raise awareness about the impact of these crimes locally, and to be a part of promoting healthy, safe and respectful relationships in our community.

A presentation about ways to keep children safe will be April 16. On April 21, the center will conduct grade-appropriate child abuse presentations at Diamond Valley School. Center members are working on requests to provide self-defense classes to youth and adults for the month of April and a presentation of the "Vagina Monologues," a documentary film by Eve Ensler.

You will also notice red and white flags in front of the Women's Center all month "each flag represents one school-aged girl in Alpine County. One in four flags is red, indicating the girls who will experience sexual assault in their lifetimes. This exhibit exposes the true impact of sexual assault and the sheer numbers of local girls who will be victimized.

Take the time to show that you care about local adult and child survivors of child abuse and sexual assault by wearing blue and teal awareness ribbons this month. The center offers free ribbons to any community member " please stop by the women's center at 290-B Old Pony Express Road to pick one up, or to pick up a bowlful to take to your business. We are also happy to deliver ribbons to agencies and businesses " just call (530) 694-1853.

One thing we can all agree on is that we want our children " boys and girls " to be free from abuse in our community. Stop by the women's center for your blue and teal ribbon and wear it proudly as a sign that you support the safety of women and children in our community this Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

For more information about dates, times and locations of these events, or if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to come by or call Jennifer Kline (530) 694-1853 at Alpine County Women's Center.


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