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Mount Vernon Seminar Aims To Fight Violence Against Young Women

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MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – The Rock With Christ Foundation and the Mount Vernon Department of Recreation will present a free Young Women's Anti-Violence and Self-Empowerment Seminar on Friday, Oct. 30, at the Doles Community Center.

The goal of this event is to combat sexual and physical violence against girls between the ages of 11 and 19. The free seminar has session from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

“As parents and community leaders, we are committed to keeping our young girls informed and protected,” said Mayor Ernest D. Davis. “This collaboration of the city with a community organization underscores the value of working together for the greater good to address the needs of the community.”

“While it is important to combat violence among teens, in general, the numbers as it relates to violence toward teen girls must be acknowledged," said Kay Star, Rock With Christ organizer.

According to statistics, 83 percent of girls 12-16 have experienced some form of sexual harassment in public schools; one in four girls will be sexually or physically assaulted before they reach age 23; and of women who have survived rape or attempted rape, 12.3 percent were younger than age 12, and 29.9 percent were between the ages of 11 and 17.

These numbers also show girls ages 16-19 are four times more likely to be victims of violence, including rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.

“If you are a parent or know of a teen girl, this is an event you will not want them to miss,” said Recreation Commissioner Darren M. Morton.

This is the first in a series of events geared toward teens dealing with issues that are critical to their emotional and physical well-being.

For more information, contact Starr at 914-996-7792, email or visit .

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