Wednesday, March 27, 2013

YWCA Clark County Raises Awareness About Sexual Assault

April Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and YWCA Clark County is hosting a series of events to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate local communities on prevention. This April, events for SAAM are sponsored in part by a generous grant from the Church of the Good Shepherd.

On Tuesday, April 9th from 6-8pm, YWCA will host Cory Jewell-Jenson, M.S. who will discuss protecting children from sexual assault. She is Co-Director of the Center for Behavioral Intervention, one of the largest and oldest sex offender evaluation and treatment programs in Oregon. Cory has worked with adult sex offenders and their families for 28 years. Ms. Jewell-Jensen has provided training and consultation to a number of advocacy organizations throughout North America. She has also published a number of articles about sex offenders and risk management, received numerous awards for her work and has been a featured guest on radio talk shows and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Space is limited, please RSVP to or call 360 906 9132.

On Saturday, April 27th at 2:00pm, Yoga Calm will visit YWCA Clark County to offer a free yoga session for mothers and 9-14 year daughters. Julie Wiesner, licensed clinical social worker and certified instructor will be joined by Kristin Harper, a child and family therapist and long-time practitioner of yoga. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Contact Shari at or 360 906 9132.

On Monday, April 29th from 5:30-7:30pm, YWCA’s Sexual Assault Program will also host the third annual SAAM Art Show to empower survivors and allies to raise their voice and create community awareness around this topic. The theme is “It’s time to talk about it. Talk early, talk often. Prevent sexual violence.” Submission guidelines are available on YWCA’s Facebook page. Contact Shari at 360 906 9132 or for more information.

Sexual assault locally and nationally

According to Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, 33% of Washingtonian women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. That is one in three women in the state. Sexual assault is a complex topic and affects men, women and children. Nationwide, 3% of sexual assault victims are men, 17.6% are women and 15% are under the age of 12, according to Sexual assault occurs when someone is coerced or manipulated into any unwanted sexual activity. The dynamics of sexual assault can take on various forms and affect survivors and their families in many different ways. YWCA Clark County’s Sexual Assault Program helps survivors of sexual assault and their families overcome and heal from their trauma. To learn more about the Sexual Assault Program of YWCA please visit .

A 24-hour hotline is available to victims and survivors of sexual assault at 360 695 0501 or 800 695 0167.

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