One in five women in the United States will experience completed or attempted rape during their lifetime. About slighly more than half of female victims reported being raped by an intimate partner and over 40 percent by an acquaintance.
One in 33 of American men have experienced an attempted or completed rape.
Sobering statistic that will take communitywide, statewide, nationwide action for overcome.
That's why the PPC Violence Free Network has partnered up with police departments across the area to highlight Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Nearly 40 police cruisers and law enforcement vehicles will have teal magnetic "End Sexual Violence" awareness ribbon on them throughout April. Participating departments include the Pennsylvania State Police, Franklin, Oil City, Sugarcreek, Polk, and the Venango Sheriff’s.
- Center Street Bridge in Oil City will be lit teal from April 3 to 9.
- Oil City, Franklin and Cooperstown libraries will feature “Survivor Book Displays.” These showcases include books authored by sexual assault survivors and titles that empower and encourage to survivors.
- A monthlong informational table will be set up on Venango Campus Rhoades Center.
The largest effort is Denim Day on April 27. PPC Violence Free Network will join thousands of individuals and organizations across the country in honoring and supporting victims and survivors of sexual violence on April 27.
Inspired by a protest in Italy following an overturned rape conviction because the victim was wearing tight jeans. Now Denim Day has become a symbol against the misconceptions about sexual violence.
And it is an issue in our backyard as well. From July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, PPC served 57 adults and children who were affected by sexual violence. These eervices included hotline calls, counseling, crisis response to police/hospitals, and assistance with protection orders.