MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - This April, members of the Middlesex County community and partners of the Middlesex County Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition will show their support for survivors of sexual violence and raise awareness about the importance of prevention by “going teal.”
Sexual violence impacts people from all walks of life: Statistics reveal that 1 in 4 females and 1 in 6 males will be sexually abused before age 18, and that 1 in 5 females and 1 in 71 males will experience sexual assault during their lifetime.
By decreasing the factors that can lead to the perpetration of sexual violence and increasing the protective factors in our community, a community can make a difference. One of the most visible ways to show support for survivors and to stand against sexual violence is to “Go Teal.”
Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios said: “Our goal is to make Middlesex County a place where our residents can feel protected and supported by their community, and ‘going teal’ is a great opportunity for our community to join together. I hope many people will take part and show their support.”
Freeholder Shanti Narra, Chair of the Public Safety and Health Committee, said: “Middlesex County’s Center for Empowerment does so much to help survivors of sexual violence. As a County, we understand that it’s also equally important to take steps to prevent sexual violence. One of the best ways to begin is by setting a good example for others. ‘Going teal’ gives us the chance to do just that.”
The Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition offers the following tips on how to raise awareness and show support:
- Pick a date in April to have groups, such as co-workers and teams, wear teal
- Host a community-based event with group activities and teal foods, such as cookies and cupcakes
- Wear teal ribbons or stickers
- Paint your nails teal
- Post your event pictures on social media using #MCGoesTeal.
Contact the Middlesex County Center for Empowerment at 1-877-665-7273 for a list of additional suggestions or for #MCGoesTeal stickers.