Women’s Center observes Sexual Assault Awareness

Women’s Center observes Sexual Assault AwarenessDuring the month of April, the Women’s Center High Desert, Inc. observed Sexual Assault Month.

The kickoff event for the month was a Sexual Assault Awareness Walk that was held last Thursday at 5:30. Participants met at the Ridgecrest Police Department. The march proceeded to French Street and ended back at the Police Department.

According to Manny Arias, Special Projects Coordinator for the Women’s Center in 2021, saw a increase in the number of reported sexual assaults.

Reportedly, during 2021 the center served 1128 clients, 85% were women and 15% were men.

Statistics show that one out of every six men experience sexual assault. One out of every five women experience sexual assault during their lifetime.

Laura Austin Photo: Community members participate in Sexual Assault Awareness Walk.

Story First Published: 2022-04-22