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ASPEN’s April Newsletter
April 9 @ 8:00 am - April 30 @ 5:00 pm
April is Sexual Assault
Dear Friend of ASPEN,
Sexual Violence/Assault is sexual activity when censent is NOT obtained or is not freely given. It is a serious public health issue in the United States. Sexual violence impacts every community and affects people of all genders, sexual orientations and ages-- anyone can experience or perpetrate sexual violence. The perpetrator of sexual violence is usually someone known to the victim, such as a friend, current or former intimate partner, co-worker, neighbor of family member.
ASPEN has been working to not only support victims of sexual violence, but to also work to PREVENT Sexual Violence through education and awareness activities throughout its 3-county service area.
* More than 1 in 3 women experienced sexual violence involving physical contact during her lifetime.
* Nearly 1 in 4 men experienced sexual violence involving physical contact during his lifetime.
* Estimated cost of rape is $122,461 per victim--including medical costs, lost productivity, and criminal justice activities among others.
ASPEN believes violence prevention education is imperative if we wish to change this societal dynamic. That is why ASPEN's Education and Outreach Coordinator is out in the schools and the community at large. We believe teaching Tolerance, Respect, Empowerment and Empathy (TREE) is imperative to creating a violence-free society.
Thank you for being a part of ASPEN's success.