Women's Aid in Crisis, Elkins Mayor Van Broughton and the Randolph County Prosecutor's Office join with numerous other Randolph County agencies to shed light on the serious societal issues of sexual violence and child abuse.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month. The sixth annual Healing Through Music will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Robbins Chapel on the campus of Davis & Elkins College. Local musicians will perform throughout the evening.
Roger Lockridge, a survivor of childhood abuse, will be the guest speaker for the event. A balloon release, in honor or memory of survivors, will end the evening's events. "Speak Up" banners and pinwheels will be displayed at area elementary schools. GFWC Women's Club of Elkins also will sponsor a display at the intersection near Kroger and McDonald's in Elkins.
On April 13, Davis & Elkins College Senators will host a baseball game themed Strike Out Violence. On that day, D & E will team with Women's Aid in Crisis to kick off the National NO MORE campaign, the first unifying symbol to express support for ending domestic violence and sexual assault.
NO MORE plans to help end the stigma, shame and silence of domestic violence and sexual assault. NO MORE also will help increase funding to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. It is hoped that NO MORE will help change behaviors that lead to this violence. The games are scheduled for 1 and 3 p.m. against Concord University.
Throughout Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month, awareness materials will be on display at various locations.