Wednesday, August 21, 2019

National Night Out

Chief Jerald Monahan
Yavapai College, Prescott AZ

The first Tuesday of August each year, law enforcement agencies across the country participate in a community relations event called National Night Out.  The goals for these events are to provide fun activities involving local law enforcement officers and the community members they serve as well as to provide information about crime prevention and the impact that crime can have on individuals.
The town of Clarkdale, Arizona holds their annual NNO event each year in their town square.   In addition to hamburgers, hotdogs, a dunk tank and a bubble machine, there are information booths from a variety of organizations that provide a service to the community.
End Violence Against Women International has had a presence at the Clarkdale event for the past three years, providing information about sexual violence and how best to respond as a friend or family member if someone they know discloses that they were a victim of sexual assault.   Each year numerous community members and professionals take the pledge to “Start by Believing” when these disclosures are made.  This is just one way EVAWI is helping to change the culture of our nation and how we view sexual assault.
The Town of Clarkdale Police Department is helping to lead this change. Police Chief Randy Taylor arranges for a Start by Believing proclamation to be issued by their Town Council on the first Wednesday of every April, Global SBB Day.  His department also subscribes to VictimLink – an alternative reporting option, through technology, for survivors of sexual assault.
By participating in these local events EVAWI continues to help bring about much needed community awareness to address how we respond to a disclosure of sexual violence.  When that response is one of support, survivors of sexual violence can begin the process of healing and recovery.
Click here to make your pledge to Start By Believing.