The Family Services Sexual Assault Center and Willow Tree Cornerstone Child Advocacy Center came together today at Hagemeister Park to remind the public that April is sexual assault awareness month but also to hear from survivors of sexual assault that have continued to help others.
The event also recognized Other Guys Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club and Leslie Landry, a victim witness coordinator for the Brown County District Attorney’s Office with this year’s Excellence in Advocacy award.
“Sexual assault is very prevalent in our communities. To have resources available for victims and their families is so important, which is what we provide at the Sexual Assault Center; provide free and confidential, support advocacy, and follow up services as needed,” said Tiana Vanseth, a supervisor of the Sexual Assault Center at Family Services.
Amber Johnson also spoke at the event. She is a survivor of sexual assault and has shared her story far and wide with the community and is now helping other survivors by giving back to the community as a volunteer advocate with the Sexual Assault Center.
Last year, the Sexual Assault Center of Family Services helped more than 950 victims of alleged sexual assault or sex trafficking in Brown, Door, Oconto and Marinette counties.
Of the 660 children helped by Willow Tree Cornerstone Child Advocacy Center last year, 344 reported being sexually abused.
Both organizations work closely with law enforcement and other local community partners to make sure victims get the help they need.
The Sexual Assault Center provides services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.