EATON — In conjunction with the YWCA Dayton’s Preble County office, Preble County Commissioners proclaimed the month of April “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” during their meeting on Monday, April 12.
According to the resolution designating the special month, “one in six American women will experience sexual assault in her lifetime, and anyone can be a victim of sexual abuse, regardless of race, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or economic status.”
The resolution continued: “the economic impact of intimate partner violence exceeds $8.3 billion each year in the U.S. from costs associated with law enforcement, medical and mental health care and missed workdays.”
YWCA USA is the single largest provider of domestic violence and sexual assault shelters and services across the nation and YWCA Dayton’s Preble County office provides the only accredited rape crisis center services in Preble County, and has provided safe shelter and 24-7 crisis hotline services to hundreds of women since 2004, according to officials.
By proclaiming April Sexual Assault Awareness Month, according to the resolution, the county commission “encourages residents, local businesses, educators and community- and faith-based organizations to join together in raising awareness of sexual assault and ensuring everyone can secure safe, violence-free futures.”
Teal is the designated color of Sexual Assault Awareness Month for anyone wishing to recognize the month by wearing the special color this month.
During their Monday, April 5, meeting, commissioners heard complaints regarding Preble County Public Health from a Lanier Township resident and trustee dealing with soil testing and the agency not accepting results from an independent lab company to help further along a real estate transaction.
According to officials, the laboratory which was used is an independent company which has been in business for 25 years.
Commissioner Rachael Vonderhaar advised those in attendance the board would need to research the matter further.
“We appreciate being made aware of the situation,” Vonderhaar said.
In other business on April 5, commissioners approved the expenditure of a $14, 827.16 for two portable ultra-low temperature freezers for the Preble County Health Department from coronavirus relief funds; $5,630 for the purchase and installation of two cargo storage inserts for vehicles at the Preble County Health Department from coronavirus Relief funds, and $4936.47 for the purchase of a Canon Image Formula DR-G2090 sheetfed scanner for the microfilm department from coronavirus relief funds.
The board also noted receipt of a letter from Sheriff Mike Simpson regarding a contracted wage adjustment for Jessica Begoon.
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