CRANFORD, NJ -- The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites members of the public to attend a panel discussion on sexual assault and consent on Wednesday, April 25, at 2:00 p.m. in Room N-4 at Union County College, 1033 Springfield Ave. in Cranford. The panel will feature a question and answer session.

The panel discussion is intended to raise awareness about sexual assault and consent in recognition of Denim Day, an international campaign developed by the organization Peace Over Violence. The Denim Day campaign began in 1999 in response to a controversial ruling in a sexual assault case in Italy.

“This panel provides a safe environment in which members of the public can learn, explore, and ask questions,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “Issues that were once hidden behind closed doors are finally being exposed to light, and discussions like this are an important way to make progress toward a society that fully respects an individual’s right to dignity and choice.”

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The free event is organized by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office of Victim/Witness Advocacy and the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders through the Union County Office on Women in partnership with Union County College.

Members of the panel include Special Victims Unit Supervisor and Assistant Prosecutor Caroline Lawlor, Special Victims Unit Detective Brian O’Malley, Union County College Director of Human Resources Heather Cavise, and Union County College Dean of Students Mensah Peterson.

The event will be held on Wednesday, April 25, at 2:00 p.m. at Union County College’s Cranford Campus in room N-4. For more information on the event contact Jennifer Erdos, 908-527-4216 or jerdos@ucnj.org. More information on Peace Over Violence is available at peaceoverviolence.org/denim-day.