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Monday, April 26, 2021

1,183 People per Day:
‘Sexual Assault Awareness’ month being recognized by orange flags
For the seventh year, RESTORE is placing displays featuring hundreds of orange flags around the region to raise awareness for sexual violence. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which gives RESTORE and rape crisis programs nationwide a spotlight on sexual violence and the resources people can turn to for help.

In each of five counties RESTORE serves there is a display of 1,183 small orange flags. The flags represent the national statistic that an American is sexually assaulted every 73 seconds, or 1,183 people per day, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, which uses data and victim surveys from the Department of Justice and advocacy programs to calculate how often, on average, someone is sexually assaulted in the United States.

The displays, which also include explanatory signage and RESTORE’s 24-hour hotline number, are located:
In Genesee County, flags are displayed on the lawn of the Genesee County Courthouse, 1 West Main St., Batavia.
In Livingston County, on the lawn of the Livingston County Courthouse, 2 Court St., Geneseo.
In Orleans County, signage is posted at Pullman Memorial Universalist Church, 10 East Park St., Albion.
In Wyoming County, the flags are hosted at the Wyoming County Government Center, 143 North Main St., Warsaw, through collaboration with the Wyoming County District Attorney’s Office.
In Monroe County, flags are hosted at the Planned Parenthood health center, 114 University Ave., Rochester.

The flags remain on display throughout the month of April. Additional displays travel across the five-county region, hosted by the colleges with whom RESTORE partners for advocacy, education and support. In addition to flags, RESTORE is hosting a plethora of Zoom-based programs, a gallery of “Letters of Hope” on its website, and a social media campaign for the nationwide -30DaysofSAAM content challenge.

RESTORE is working alongside TeleSAFE, a service that helps survivors get the acute care they need. Trained expert SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner) professionals, will walk any medical provider or Registered Nurse through forensic exams using telemedicine. By partnering with TeleSAFE, RESTORE is able to assist local hospitals where a shortage of trained SAFE providers may require survivors to travel to seek care. Through the use of telemedicine, that travel is not necessary.

To view the -30DaysofSAAM social media campaigns, find RESTOREsas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information, visit RESTOREsas.org or email RESTORE@ppcwny.org.

RESTORE leads the community response to sexual violence through advocacy and education. During the COVID-19 pandemic, RESTORE continues to maintain the confidential hotlines and respond to hospital calls by phone. Counseling, referrals, and crisis support continues via communication methods the survivor feels comfortable using, including phone calls, video chats, texting, and emails. More information is available at RESTOREsas.org.

Where to call--The RESTORE 24-hour hotlines are:
■ For Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties, call 1-800-527-1757.
■ For Monroe County, call (585) 546-2777.
Courtesy Livingston County News

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