County Mayor Coppinger Declares April Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger at a Courthouse press conference Tuesday proclaimed April Sexual Assault Awareness month. 

County Mayor Coppinger said there have been 499 cases of sexual assault reported over the last 12 months.  The mayor said this is a crime that affects generations; daughters, wives, relatives, mothers, grandmothers and in some cases, men. He said sexual assault happens at least once every two minutes. One in six women are victims of sexual assault and one of four college age women are sexual assault victims. Just as disturbing is sexual assault victims are four times more likely to contemplate suicide.

He said, “This is why the Partnership’s Assault Prevention Campaign is so important. We need to shine a spotlight on the ramifications of sexual assault, because 499 reported sexual assaults here in Hamilton County are shameful, we as a society should be better and must be better.”

County Mayor Coppinger said this is why he has agreed to work with the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults, to bring public awareness to this serious matter. 

The Partnership’s Regina McDevitt says she is grateful for Cunty Mayor Coppinger’s willingness to bring attention to this matter. “Sexualized violence is epidemic. We see this firsthand every day and we are committed to bringing a halt to this brutality through education and action.”

County Mayor Coppinger also encouraged attendees and the public to join the Partnership’s Assault Prevention Campaign on April 27, in Coolidge Park for an awareness campaign entitled “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.” The event asks men to walk a mile in women’s shoes for the benefit of the Partnership’s Rape Crisis Center.

For more information about the Partnership’s “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, please contact Karen Murphy at 697-3830.


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