MOUNT VERNON — April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The DELTA Project at New Directions will present a series of events to raise awareness in the community about the prevalence of sexual assault and to inform Knox County residents of resources available through our crisis hotline, while showing support for survivors.
Local activities are focused on Tuesday, April 17, which the DELTA Project has selected as a day of action in the Mount Vernon Public Square.
The Clothesline Project addresses the issue of violence against women by providing a means for the women to express their emotions by decorating a shirt that testifies to their experience. The DELTA Clothesline Project will be displayed on the Mount Vernon Public Square from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
At 5:45 p.m. DELTA volunteers will meet on Public Square to lead the annual “Take Back the Night” march and rally. The march will proceed through downtown Mount Vernon, culminating in a brief vigil program on the square. The vigil will feature a short skit by the Teen Advisory Council. Laurie Thompson, New Directions staff educator and child advocate, will speak about the prevention of child sexual assault. Local musician Lisa May will provide music to commemorate victims of sexual assault and show support for survivors and their families. All are welcome to attend.
On April 27, the Teen Advisory Council will host a benefit concert at Sips, 101 S. Main St., from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to raise awareness of sexual assault.
New Directions, a United Way and Mental Health and Recovery Board agency, has been providing shelter and support for survivors of sexual assault in Knox County since 1983.
The DELTA Project is based at New Directions and works to prevent sexual violence, and promotes healthy relationships through educational programs and public events.
Published on April 7, 2012