Wayne Commissioners recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Wayne Commissioners recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Dan Starcher

Attending the Sexual Assault Awareness Month proclamation from the Wayne County commissioners were Michelle Saurer, left, of the Children’s Advocacy Center; Jessica Musser, prosecutor’s office; Angela Wypasek, prosecutor; Gayle Byrne, OneEighty; Stacy Rehm, OneEighty; Theresa Voltz, OneEighty; and commissioners Jonathan Hofstetter, Ron Amstutz and Sue Smail.


Recently, the Wayne County commissioners recognized April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in a regular session.

“One American is sexually assaulted every 68 seconds, and every nine minutes, that victim is a child,” commissioner Jonathan Hofstetter read from a proclamation. “Eighty percent of sexual assaults are committed by someone who is known to the victim.”

Victims of sexual assault often experience physical, emotional and psychological trauma that can have lasting effects on their well-being and overall quality of life.

By understanding the impact of sexual assault on communities, county commissioners and other community leaders can better advocate for policies and programs that address the root causes of sexual violence, support survivors, and promote a culture of safety and respect.

Hofstetter said, “About 66% of child rape victims are (between) 13 and 17 (years of age), and 34% are under the age of 12.”

Collaborations between service providers can lead to the development of coordinated response protocols, awareness campaigns and training programs for professionals working with survivors.

By working together, local organizations and agencies can pool their resources and expertise to provide survivors with a support network that addresses their physical, emotional and legal needs.

Dan Starcher is the public communications coordinator for Wayne County.

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