What a turn-out at this morning's Sexual Assault Awareness Month Proclamation Signing in Council Bluffs!
To kick off Sexual Assault Awareness Month which is recognized nationally throughout the month of April, the Phoenix House Domestic Violence Program & Sexual Abuse Program organized a proclamation signing this morning with Mayor Tom Hanafan of Council Bluffs.
In attendance was Sheri Smith with Kaplan University’s School of Criminal Justice, Phoenix House Coordinator Diane McKee, Jim Matthai from the Pottawattamie County Sheriffs’s Office, Superintendent of Council Bluffs Public Schools Dr. Martha Bruckner, CB Police Department Chief Ralph O’Donnell, Jill Ferguson from Jennie Edmundson Hospital and Athletic Director at Iowa Western Community College Brenda Hampton.
Each one of these people work hard every day to protect and educate the public about domestic and sexual violence and to provide help and healing to those affected by such violence. A big thanks to them for publically affirming their commitment to end violence and for encouraging the community to support programs that assist victims in finding the help they need.
Catholic Charities Phoenix House is active in providing education which is key to violence prevention advocates say. Last year alone, Vicki-lynn Anderson, the Phoenix House Training and Prevention Educator presented the 10 week anti violence curriculum called "Safe Dates or Flirting or Hurting" to over 600 students in Council Bluffs middle schools.
But there is so much more to be done. Please join the Phoenix House during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and all year long in taking an active role to stop sexual and domestic violence in your community.
For more information about the Phoenix House including "The Art of Healing" a Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault fundraiser and awareness event coming up April 7, 2011 click here.