PAVE and BEAVER DAM WOMEN’S HEALTH

April is an important time of the year to remind all residents in our community that it is both Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month. And if you didn’t think these issues are relevant enough to showcase, these startling statistics illustrate the gravity of sexual assault:

  • Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted
  • 27% of sexual assaults are committed by a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend
  • One out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime
  • 94% of women who are raped experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Chances are good that you know someone who has been a victim of violence, even if you don’t realize it. People Against a Violent Environment, Inc. (PAVE) is a tremendous resource for survivors, right here in our Dodge County community. The organization and its passionate staff have a clear goal to empower community residents affected by violence using a three-part approach: crisis services, community collaboration, and prevention education.

PAVE stands strong for our friends and neighbors who need help, and treats all victims of sexual violence and child abuse with the dignity and respect they deserve, while providing support and services that promote physical and emotional healing. PAVE also offers crisis services to both those that stay in shelter and others who continue to live in their homes. They support each survivor's choices and provide education that can “pave” the way for a violence-free future. And all PAVE services are free.

While supportive resources like PAVE are making a difference for assault victims, we can all do our part to further a similar mission.

What can you do? Actively engage with this issue in these three ways:

(1) Learn more about sexual violence

(2) Share important statistics

(3) Step up to stop sexual assault

Here are specific actions you can take today, right now:

  • Starting this month and continuing each day forward, take a stand against sexual violence and pledge to promote healthy relationships, be an active bystander, and support survivors.
  • Share statistics that highlight the issue to increase awareness in your circles. We have given you a few above to get you started, but there is plenty of other data online that is easy to share via word-of-mouth, print, email, and social media.
  • Spread the word about PAVE and share the organization’s contact information where advocates are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help our fellow citizens:

Website: www.peopleagainstaviolentenvironment.com

Crisis Telephone Line: 800-775-3785

Crisis Texting Line: 920-344-0123

Main Business Line: 920-887-3810

We all must do our part and now is the time to act.

- Teresa Nienow, Executive Director of PAVE, Beaver Dam, WI

- Dr. Ken Ostermann, Beaver Dam Women’s Health, Ltd., and President of the PAVE Board of Directors, Beaver Dam, WI

 

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