What can you do?To the Forum:

I want to thank the community members for their participation in the Silent

March For Peace, Tuesday evening in remembering Miu Lan Esposo-Aguiar and Lisa

Bissell.

There was a strong sense of commitment to end domestic violence

and sexual assault on Kaua’i as well as to recognize the many children and

adults who currently suffer from such experiences.

Ironically, April is

National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In the face of such recent tragedies

on Kaua’i, we can’t forget sexual assault and domestic violence are important

community issues and that safer communities are created through education and

awareness.

What can you do?

* Remember to discuss relationship and

safety issues with your children and teenagers and what to do in a situation

that feels unsafe.

* Violence whether physical or sexual most often occurs

between people that know each other, remember it is your business if someone is

being hurt.

* When talking to survivors of sexual assault and domestic

violence, remember to believe them, don’t blame them, and encourage them to get

help.

* 24-hour hotline numbers are: Domestic violence, 245-8362, and

sexual assault, 245-4144.

Thanks again to all that attended the Silent

March For Peace and The Garden Island newspaper staff for helping address the

loss of these two women and the need to end violence.

Joan Luzney, Director

Sexual Assault Treatment Program

Nancy Peterson, Director

Family

Violence Shelter YWCA of Kauai

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