Programs highlight sex-assault issues

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Whidbey General Hospital and Citizens Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse are presenting a series of programs to highlight the problem of sexual assault in the community and discuss resources available for those impacted by it.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month seeks to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent sexual violence, a major public health, human rights and social justice issue.

The statistics are staggering. Rape remains the most underreported crime in America, according to the National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center and various other studies.

One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives, according to a Centers of Disease Control and Prevention study.

One in six boys and one in four girls will experience a sexual assault before the age 18, according to an American Journal of Preventive Medicine report.

Presentations will be held in April featuring speakers from Whidbey General and CADA.

l 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 21, Coupeville Library, 788 N.W. Alexander St.

l 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 28, Oak Harbor Library, 1000 S.E. Regatta Dr.


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