Commissioners raise awareness about scourge of domestic violence

Safe Haven awarded $10,000 with proclamation declaring April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month


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  • Tamara Chant, executive director of Safe Haven, presents Commisioners' Chair Matt Osterberg with a T-shirt after receiving a $10,000 check from the commissioners in support of the organization (Photo by Anya Tikka)



Take Back the Night vigil on April 28

MILFORD — Safe Haven of Pike County will hold its Take Back the Night rally from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 28, at 110 West Catharine St. in Milford.
All are invited to attend in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
The event includes a survivor's story and other speakers, music, a poster campaign, and some coloring activities for the kids. "Plant" empowering messages in a beautiful flower pot. The evening ends with a march around town.
For more information call Safe Haven at 570-296-2827 ext. 203, stop in at 402 Broad St., or visit their Facebook page.

By Anya Tikka

— The Pike County Commissioners awarded Safe Haven with a check for $10,000 as they proclaimed April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month at their April 5 meeting.

“We know how important it for our community,” said Commissioners' Chair Matt Osterberg while handing over the check to Tamara Chant, executive director of Safe Haven shelter for victims of domestic violence.

Chant said the center is in need of funds. She said the agency is expanding its reach to outlying communities.

Commissioner Steven Guccini said he knew first and from his work that sexual assault can happen anywhere, although many think, “not here.”

He praised Safe Haven’s initiatives after its recent move to Broad Street, closer to county administrative and law enforcement offices, and hiring Chant as the new director. Safe Haven also has newly trained staff, many of whom attended the meeting.

The Commissioners' resolution includes this passage, among others: “Sexual Assault Awareness Month calls attention to the fact that sexual violence is widespread and impacts every person in this community.”

Among the disturbing statistics the resolution also states are that one in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives. One in six boys and one in four girls will experience a sexual assault before age 18.

More than half of assaults are not reported to the police, although the crimes happen every two minutes in the United States and affect the most vulnerable citizens, including children and the disabled.

The resolution says everyone is entitled to support, and that the victims are not to blame.


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