Mayor declares March ‘Sexual Assault Awareness’ month

Gwendolyn Holliday Staff Reporter gjoseph@civitasmedia.com

February 25, 2014

HAZARD—March has been declared “Sexual Assault Awareness” month in the City of Hazard with a proclamation signing on Monday. Several events are scheduled throughout the month to promote awareness and for community members to show their support.

The Rising Center, a part of the Kentucky River Community Care system, provides services to adults and children, men and women, who have been the victim of sexual assault. The center also provides services to family members of the victims of sexual assault. They provide services 24 hours a day, seven days a week to those in need in all eight counties in the Kentucky River Region.

“We’re really proud of the fact that we have this elaborate network that we can always tap into,” Associate Director Jill Robertson said. She works with programs like Project Advance from KRCC and LKLP to help victims receive the services they need.

The Clothesline Project will be displayed at the Perry County Public Library beginning next week. Female victims paint and decorate shirts as part of therapy to help them deal with sexual assault, Robertson.

Take Back the Night 2014 will be held at Hazard Community and Technical College on March 19, from 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. There will be an information booth in the front lobby of the Jolly Center, and the event will culminate with a balloon release between the walkway of the First Federal Center and the Jolly Center at 6 p.m.

The Treehouse Café and Bakery on Main Street will be hosting the Vagina Monologues on March 28, with proceeds going to the Rising Center.

“It’s the most fulfilling job, I love it,” Robertson said, adding that helping people move past a horrible experience and break the cycle of abuse is amazing.

Gwendolyn Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.