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Special stickers being distributed by See It! Stop It!

April was Sexual Abuse Awareness Month; but, there’s still a chance to get involved.

Local Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART) and See It. Stop It. (SISI) Parent and Youth Leaders are partnering to distribute See It! Stop It! domestic and sexual violence prevention stickers to businesses, work places and places where people gather in Pagosa Springs.

You probably talked to someone today who has been a victim of sexual assault. If not today, then at some point in your life, you’ve met someone that has dealt with the pain, the emotional distress and countless other long-term effects of sexual abuse. We know that one in two women and one in four men in Colorado have experienced sexually violent crimes in their lifetime. Most victims of sexual abuse know the person who assaulted them. Sixty-two percent of sexual assaults were found to be drug facilitated and the most common drug used was alcohol.

It’s time … to get involved and do what is right.

Sexual Assault Response Teams work to ensure effective, consistent, comprehensive and collaborative responses to sexual assault that prioritizes the needs of survivors, brings offenders to justice and reduces the impact of sexual assault in the 6th Judicial District. The See It. Stop It Peer Leadership Project is the grassroots violence prevention campaign of the Violence Prevention Coalition of Southwest Colorado (VPC) that is organized in five sites throughout the 6th Judicial District including here in Pagosa Springs in partnership with Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program (ACVAP) and the Nurturing Center. SISI Peer Leaders take action to change the conditions that support domestic and sexual violence, oppression and other forms of relationship violence in our lives and communities.

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, SART Team members and SISI Parent and Youth Leaders in Pagosa Springs, Durango, Ignacio and the Southern Ute Indian Reservation are distributing See It! Stop It! sexual and domestic violence prevention stickers to area businesses, work places and other spaces where people gather or visit.

The stickers were developed and produced by VPC. They feature information about what each of us can do if we see or know of someone getting hurt by sexual or domestic violence. The stickers also contain contact information for all area domestic and sexual violence service providers. The stickers are being offered to local business establishments where patrons and tourists may easily and discreetly access this important information.

Local businesses, public employees, workers and individuals can request stickers by contacting ACVAP at 264-9075; the Nurturing Center at (970) 507-7093; or the Violence Prevention Coalition at 247-2935.

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