SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY - April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.   St. Francis Counseling Service is the designated Sexual Abuse and Assault Program for Ocean County.  Sexual Abuse Counseling and prevention programming is provided at no cost to residents.  Join St. Francis Counseling for Sexual Assault Awareness Month with activities to bring awareness throughout Ocean County

Friday, April 5 – Join the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and St. Francis Community Counseling Service to Step up to the Plate against Sexual Violence at the First Energy Park (2 Stadium Way, Lakewood).  The baseball game cost is $10 per ticket through this special link only: blueclasw.com/stepup. Meet with resources in Ocean County to help prevent sexual violence.  Post game fireworks, kids run the bases and a chance to win a jersey signed by the team!  Gates open at 5:30 PM.

Monday, April 15 – St. Francis Counseling Service Sexual Abuse and Assault Prevention Program and Ocean County College Counseling Services invites you to a moving and honest heartfelt talk by Jennifer Nadler, a survivor of sexual abuse.  Light refreshments will be provided by Student Life.  For more information or to make reservations contact OCC Counseling at 732-255-0386 or counselingservices@ocean.edu.  This event will be held at Ocean County College, 1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ - Gateway (Bldg. 101) at 12:30

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Wednesday, April 17 – Join St. Francis Sexual Abuse and Assault Prevention Program with POUNDFIT of Brick.  This free workout event provides the prefect atmosphere for letting loose, getting energized, toning up and rockin’ out!  The workout is easily modifiable and the alternative vibe and welcoming philosophy appeals to men and  women of all ages and abilities.  You can also learn about resources available to you in Ocean County.  The free event is taking place at Brick Pioneer Fire House, 312 Drum Point Road in Brick at 6:30 pm.

Wednesday, April 24 – Join St. Francis Sexual Abuse and Assault Prevention Program of St. Francis Counseling Service for  FREE Night of Painting.  Join us in supporting survivors of sexual abuse and assault and learn about resources available to you in Ocean County.  The Free Night of Painting is taking place at The Union Market, 120 W. Main Street, Tuckerton at 6:30 PM.  Registration is required.  Please call 609-494-1554 to register or for more information.  Paint the night away with a step-by-step instruction by Canvas Coach, Jude Hadley.  Painting will be done on a canvas tote.

Thursday, April 25 – Denim Day the with LBI Health Department at St. Francis Community Center,  4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township, NJ from 10am-1pm.  This event is open to the public.

For more information about any of the above events or about St. Francis Counseling Servicers please call 609-494-1554 or visit our website at: www.stfranciscenterlbi.org.

The Awareness events were partially supported with grant funds provided by the State of New Jersey via the Sexual Assault, Abuse and Rape Care state allocation administered by the Department of Children and Families, Division on Women and by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant funds, administered by the Department of Children and Families, Division on Women.