Project PEACE to Kick Off Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Mon

Published on April 03, 2018

  • Community conversation will take place Thur., April 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Yorktown High School

  • Event to include featured speaker and discussion panel with community leaders

  • Middle and high school students and adults encouraged to attend

Nearly 50 percent of Arlington Public School female students in grades 8, 10 and 12 report having been sexually harassed at school, according to the Arlington 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Sexual harassment and assault are happening at school, work and in the community.

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To explore the issues and ways to support young community members, Arlington's Project PEACE will host a community conversation about sex, violence and the Arlington community on Thursday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. The event, organized in partnership with INOVA Fairfax Hospital and Arlington Public Schools, will take place at the Yorktown High School Auditorium.

Jackson Katz, Ph.D., a nationally recognized scholar and activist on issues of gender, race and violence, will be the keynote speaker. Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol, Commonwealth Attorney Theo Stamos, and Arlington County Police Chief Jay Farr will also attend.

"Our goal is to prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment before it happens, and conversations like this one are critical," said Cristol. "Through Project PEACE and the Healthy Relationships Task Force, Arlington is working to empower our young people, in particular, with the tools to foster a culture of healthy relationships and consent."

The April 5 event kicks off Arlington's recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, which runs throughout April. It also is the launch of Project PEACE's three-year youth-focused initiative to prevent sexual and dating violence.

About Project PEACE

Arlington's Project PEACE (which stands for Partnering to End Abuse in the Community for Everyone) is a coordinated community response dedicated to advancing the most effective and efficient array of education, prevention, protection and support services to end domestic and sexual violence in the Arlington community.

For more information, visit the Project PEACE webpage, or download the Community Conversation event flyer.