In an effort to highlight and observe the nationwide Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign, the area’s mobile victims advocacy nonprofit organization — Eve’s Place — is inviting the community to an upcoming educational, resource, and services event to be held at Palo Verde College (PVC), One College Drive, on April 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event will be held just outside of the PVC Anthony J. Reale Building, and is slated to include presentations:
11:00 a.m. — Eve’s Place
11:30 a.m. — Coachella Valley Sexual Assault Services
12:00 p.m. — Mamma’s House
12:30 p.m. — Shelter from the Storm
1:00 p.m. — Eisenhower Health
1:30 p.m. — Safehouse
The “Through A Victim’s Eyes” event will also feature art created by victims of sexual assault.
“Join Eve’s Place in recognizing sexual assault awareness month by attending the ‘Through a Victim’s Eyes’ event,” stated an Eve’s Place press release. “In addition to the art displays, there will be community providers that serve the Blythe area on site to give presentations, answer questions and provide information about their service.”
This past October, Eve’s Place also brought a community effort in the spirit of victims advocacy to Blythe during Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a special memorial ceremony at City Hall.
According to a 2015 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), more than one in three women and nearly one in four men have experienced sexual violence involving physical contact at some point in their lives.
Further, the NISVS data brief reported 43.6% of women (nearly 52.2 million) in the U.S. experienced some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime. More than a third of women (37.0%, or approximately 44.3 million) reported unwanted sexual contact in their lifetime.
Moreover, NISVS reports one in three women (36.4%, or 43.6 million) in the U.S. experience contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime.