Greenwich Time: 5 April 2017: Town officials from Greenwich, Stamford, Darien and Weston, state congressmen and senators and local victims organizations declared April “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” in a press conference Tuesday and affirmed their commitment to supporting survivors. “Sexual violence is a major social problem in homes, schools, and communities across lower Fairfield County in Connecticut with countless physical, mental and other health consequences,” said Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei during the gathering Tuesday at Greenwich Town Hall.
“Domestic violence can include several types of abuse, including emotional, financial, verbal and physical, but perhaps one of the most devastating is when someone uses sexual abuse to control or intimidate their partner,” said Meredith Gold, Director of Domestic Abuse Services at the YWCA Greenwich. “This is the ultimate betrayal of trust in the most intimate way.”
Both the Greenwich YW and the sexual assault crisis Center provide prevention programming to local area schools to teach students about healthy relationships and alert them to the warning signs of abuse, sexual or otherwise.