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March 30, 2014

Area mayors combat sexual assault

OSKALOOSA — In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, a record-breaking 32 mayors in the region are signing proclamations urging their communities to work against sexual violence. In Appanoose County, the mayors of Centerville, Moravia and Rathbun are all participating.

Crisis Intervention Services is excited for the participation of these officials in this year’s awareness activities, and sees these mayoral proclamations as a sign of the eagerness among many in our communities to work toward an end to sexual violence.

Centerville Mayor Jan Spurgeon held a signing ceremony Wednesday, March 26 in anticipation of nationally celebrated Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. Mayor Irene Brooks will sign a proclamation at the April 8 Moravia city council meeting and Mayor Barb Milburn will sign one at the April 9 Rathbun city council meeting.

The proclamations read in part, “We must work together to educate our community about sexual violence prevention, supporting survivors, and speaking out against harmful attitudes and actions…. With leadership and dedication, we can be successful in preventing sexual violence.” The proclamations also note the importance of this year’s theme of healthy sexuality and young people, with the official motto, “It’s time…to talk about it!”

These partnerships with the regional rape crisis center CIS reflect the widespread collaboration CIS is achieving with cities across its 12-county service area. This fiscal year, CIS has been transitioning to providing both shelter and sexual assault services to the counties of Jasper, Poweshiek, Marion, Mahaska, Keokuk, Lucas, Monroe, Wapello, Jefferson, Wayne, Appanoose and Davis. For more information, contact Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator Charisa Wotherspoon at (641) 673-0336.

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