EATON — During their Wednesday, April 20, meeting, Preble County Commissioners read into record a proclamation recognizing the month of April as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” in the county.
According to the proclamation, one in six American women will experience sexual assault in her lifetime. It went on to note, anyone can be a victim of sexual abuse, regardless of race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or economic status.
It 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 work days; and whereas teal is the color of sexual assault awareness, and YWCA USA is the single largest provider of domestic violence and sexual assault shelters and services across the nation.”
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.
The proclamtion concluded, “the Board of Preble County Commissioners does hereby proclaim April 2022 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Preble County and 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.”