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April 17th, 2009
Hays-Caldwell Women's Center observes Sexual Assault Awareness Month

STAFF REPORT

The Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center (HCWC) will is holding an interactive art exhibition and panel on April 24, on the Hays County Courthouse lawn.

The art exhibit will begin at noon. Afterward, from 1-3 p.m., expert panelists, including sexual assault and abuse survivors, and representatives law enforcement, the medical field and counseling professionals, will participate in a group discussion.

Texas Governor Rick Perry designated April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. This year’s theme, “Rooting Ourselves in Social Justice,” motivated HCWC to call on local artists to create works for the exhibit.

“HCWC invites our community to support sexual violence awareness initiatives, and to strive for social justice,” said Tammy Kantor, a Licensed Master Social Worker for HCWC. “HCWC strives to educate the public on sexual violence prevention to foster healthy communities. We believe that ending sexual violence should be a prime concern for all citizens throughout the year.”

A 2003 study conducted by the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault and the University of Texas School of Social Work found that nearly two million Texans have been sexually assaulted. This equals one in five women, and one in twenty men across the state. However, fewer than 20 percent of these assaults are reported to the police.

For more information, contact HCWC on the web, or at (512) 396-3404. It can also be reached via email.

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