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Durham County Library Presents: Let’s Work Together To Stop Domestic and Sexual Violence

Program: Let’s Work Together To Stop Domestic and Sexual Violence
Date: April 9
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro Street
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library and Durham Crisis Response Center (DCRC) is proud to work with The Durham Chapter of The Links, Inc. to produce “Let’s Work Together To Stop Domestic and Sexual Violence”, Saturday, April 9, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., at the Durham County Public Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and lunch will be provided.

“April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month,” says Kate Selby, Sexual Assault Advocate for DCRC. “During this month DCRC explores topics related to sexual assault, in order to educate the community and to make our services known to those who might need our help.”

With a highlight on Keeping Safe in the Cyber World, the workshop will have a dual focus: first, looking at the impact of sexually explicit images that are disseminated via the internet; and second, how we all should look at ways to safeguard ourselves while using technology and social media.

The documentary, “Not Just Pictures” by Dr. Sharon Cooper, Forensic Pediatrician and Executive Producer, will be viewed and experts will be on hand to facilitate a discussion. The posting of photos without consent, especially those of children, is not a victimless crime and can have long lasting repercussions, as depicted in the video. “To our knowledge, this is the first showing of this video in Durham,” says Ms. Selby.

Members from the Durham Police Department will also be on hand to share not only the type of problems such crimes have posed in our community, but the measures that can be taken to maximize safety in the cyber world.

DCRC has worked with many clients who have experienced cyberstalking in intimate partner relationships. “We all use smart phones and social media to connect with friends and family and we don’t think about who may be following our actions on the internet. We want people who are concerned for their safety to know how to protect themselves on the internet,” says Nana Asante, Legal Advocate with DCRC. “This includes people who are trying to end a marital or dating relationship.”

“The Durham Chapter of The Links, Inc. is pleased to partner once again with DCRC to address another crucial issue regarding domestic and sexual violence in our community. We are committed to bringing this issue to the forefront and helping our community confront violence against women and children in a meaningful manner,” says Links member, Dr. Sandra White-Olden. “The event is free and open to the public.”

For further information you may contact DCRC at 919-403-9425 or www.durhamcrisisresponse.org and The Durham Chapter of The Links, Inc at http://www.durhamnclinks.org.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, call 919-560-0268 or visit durhamcountylibrary.org.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit durhamcountylibrary.org.

Contact: Matthew Clobridge
919-560-0128 or mclobridge@dconc.gov

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