For Hometown News
PORT ST. LUCIE -- The Treasure Coast Chapter of the National Organization of Women received a Proclamation from Port St. Lucie Mayor JoAnn M. Faiella in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month at the City Council meeting on April 8.
"Sexual Assault Awareness is important because one in three women will experience some form of sexual assault before the age of 18," said Mindi Fetterman, Treasure Coast NOW president. "There is too much ignorance about sexual abuse. There is too often a lack of resources and there is too little done to prevent sexual violence. We all need to understand this, because sexual abuse doesn't only affect the person who is victimized. It affects everyone in the family and every relationship."
Every third person who entered City Hall was presented with a white rose to illustrate the reality of the numbers of women who have been a victim of sexual assault. The color white represented the innocence that was robbed from this women and girls. White roses also are a symbol of honor and reverence, and are used as an expression of remembrance as well.
Ms. Fetterman knows first-hand about sexual abuse because she is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and was raped twice as an adult.
"Rape, sexual assault and violence impacts women, children and men of all racial, cultural and economic backgrounds. We must work together to educate people about ways to eradicate and prevent sexual assault and support survivors and victims alike, ensuring that they are given the help that they need and are not re-victimized," she added.
Through the support of the people of Port St. Lucie, the Treasure Coast Chapter of the National Organization of Women and The Inner Truth Project, the City of Port St. Lucie and Florida continue their dedicated efforts to actively engage in public and private efforts establishing boundary lines, including conversations about what is sexual violence; how to establish primary prevention programs; how to help survivors connect with crisis centers and counselors; and how every region of our state can work together to better address sexual violence.
The National Organization for Women is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States.
Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.
Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information, contact President Mindi Fetterman at (561) 909-9991, or visit www.TreasureCoastNOW.org or on Facebook.
For more information visit www.now.org.