Mayors Ellen Glasser of Atlantic Beach, Chris Hoffman of Jacksonville Beach and Elaine Brown of Neptune Beach have issued proclamations recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the work of the Women’s Center of Jacksonville (WCJ).Check out the Florida Times-Union's coverage here.
The mayors also helped kick off the Beaches Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign, a $10,000 City of Jacksonville-funded advertising blitz sponsored by City Council member Rory Diamond. In consideration of the upcoming Spring Break season, flyers and other announcements are being posted at local restaurants, bars and hotels in the three Beaches cities.
WCJ, which is administering the campaign, is a private, nonprofit Jacksonville-based organization offering advocacy, support and education to women and rape recovery services to all individuals, regardless of gender. WCJ is the only certified rape crisis center in Duval, Baker and Nassau Counties, and provides sexual assault forensic exams to individuals over the age of 18. The organization also offers community education, counseling, referral assistance, rape prevention services and breast cancer education, support and advocacy to residents of Northeast Florida.
WCJ (www.thewcj.org) operates a 24-hour rape crisis hotline at (904) 721-7273 and encourages women and men to store the hotline number in their cell phones, is the only certified rape crisis center in Duval, Baker and Nassau counties.