“Take Back The Night” From Sexual Assault Tuesday

Posted On April 04, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

The Clothesline Project will be on display at Take Back the Night to beheld in Lawrenceburg Tuesday evening, April 4.

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – DIRECTIONS! Support & Advocacy Services is inviting southeastern Indiana men and women to take a stand during Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.

Nearly one in five women in the United States have experienced rape or attempted rape in their lives, and one in 71 men have experienced rape or attempted rape, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

DIRECTIONS!, a program of Community Mental Health Center, Inc., holds their annual Take Back the Night event on Tuesday, April 4 in Lawrenceburg.

The topic of this year’s event is Social Media and Sexual Coercion. It aims to help individuals prevent and avoid sexual victimization through social media.

All are welcome to hear from Dearborn and Ohio County Prosecutor Lynn Deddens about how victims are targeted on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media platforms. Students from East Central High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members Lindsay Bischoff and Erin Wilhelm will give a presentation titled “Cyberbullying: Pause Before You Post!”

Attendees can also view The Clothesline Project, a worldwide campaign bringing awareness to violence against women.

Take Back the Night starts at 5:30 p.m. It is free to attend and located at the Dearborn Adult Center, 311 Tate Street.

“Broadening the national conversation on sexual violence helps to build a culture of respect, foster healthy relationships, support survivors and prevent sexual violence in every community,” said Laura Palumbo, communications director for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. “Adults of all ages should be able to identify sexual assault in its many forms, whether verbal assault, intercourse where one partner does not give consent, or unwanted touching, such as groping or fondling. The greater the awareness, the more likely individuals will be empowered to engage as bystanders and intervene to prevent sexual assault before or during an act.”

If you or someone you know is a victim of rape or sexual assault, please do not hesitate to seek help. Dial Directions! 24-hour confidential crisis services hotline at 812-537-1302 or 877-849-1248 (toll free).