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Community to Address Sexual Violence Prevention

September 2, 2009



For Immediate Release

Contact: Project Envision

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-Forty-eight percent of the residents surveyed had experienced sexual violence after the age of 15


September 1, 2009 (Brooklyn, NY) – On September 26th, 2009, from 11a.m.-3p.m., Project Envision Williamsburg will host an event at McCarren Park’s Field House in Brooklyn, NY to report back on a study conducted on sexual violence within the community and to gather more feedback regarding what the community would like to see addressed. 


Thus far, the Williamsburg group has conducted 13 focus groups and 119 street surveys to solicit information from residents regarding their thoughts and ideas about the root causes and main types of sexual violence in their neighborhood. Ultimately, Envision Williamsburg will move to develop and implement prevention programs administered by the community, based off feedback from the focus groups, surveys and resident’s ongoing response. 


Forty-eight percent of the residents surveyed had experienced sexual violence after the age of 15 and initial findings state that the majority of people surveyed thought that the first aspects of sexual violence that needed to be addressed were verbal harassment and alcohol/drug related sexual assault. Beyond providing a forum to report the details of these findings back to the community and to gather more information, the September 26th event will feature speakers, food, raffles and other forms of entertainment. 


Project Envision is the brainchild of the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault and is a six-year, citywide program, working with 11 of NYC’s rape crisis programs, to prevent sexual violence. The goal of Project Envision is to change the social norms that promote and permit sexual violence in NYC so that we ultimately see a reduction in perpetration of sexual violence. Project Envision, in year three of six, is currently developing programs in Williamsburg Brooklyn, the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and the South Bronx. The success of  Envision hinges on bringing together various segments or sectors of each of the communities involved in the demonstration project. If you are interested in getting involved in any of these groups, please visit: 


Project Envision Williamsburg

Imagine a World Without Sexual Violence

September 26, 2009, 11a.m.-3p.m.

McCarren Park Field House Brooklyn NY, 11222

Take the L train to Bedford Ave. or the G train to Nassau


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