Williamsburg sexual violence report to be released Satruday
by Shane Miller
Sep 25, 2009 | 2386 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A coalition dedicated to ending sexual violence will release the findings of report on the prevalence of sexual assault in Williamsburg this Saturday at an event in McCarren Park.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., members of the community will be able to view the results of Project Envision, a report created by the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault that used on-the-street surveys and focus groups to gain a comprehensive look at the prevalence of sexual violence in North Brooklyn.

Some of the results of the report include 48 percent of people saying that they experienced an act of sexual violence after the age of 15, and 23 percent saying that they were the victim of sexual violence at their place of employment.

Forty-four percent of those surveyed said they believed sexual violence was a problem in Williamsburg.

“We found in Williamsburg that a lot of sexual violence was centered around bar culture and was alcohol related,” said Jennifer Wyse of Safe Horizons, which is a member of the coalition.

The release of the report marks the second year of a five-year project aimed at examining sexual violence and determining the most effective ways of preventing sexual violence. For instance, respondents in the Williamsburg survey – surveys were also conducted in the Lower East Side and the South Bronx – said that an effective way of preventing sexual violence would be to educate young men and boys through local community groups.

Speaking of Saturday’s event, Wyse said it was intended to get the community at-large involved in preventing sexual abuse.

“This is to get people motivated and have a say in the project, and we’re not exactly sure what that will look like,” she said.

Saturday’s event will take place at the Field House in McCarren Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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