MOUNT VERNON — New Directions held free domestic violence and sexual assault awareness and prevention training in Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Foster Hall. Mark Wynn, a nationally recognized domestic violence and sexual assault expert, led the training.
During the first half of his presentation, Wynn discussed several realities of violence against women (VAW) crimes and some of the most commonly missed crimes associated with VAW, including stalking, strangulation, felony threats, intimate partner sexual assault, weapons violations, kidnapping and witness intimidation. Wynn stressed that these were incredibly common in cases of VAW, and that it is important for not only victims to be aware that these are in fact crimes, but for law enforcement and other social workers to look for signs of these crimes as well.
Being educated in recognizing domestic violence and sexual assault is important because, as Wynn told the crowd, one in five women experience sexual assault (in the form or rape or an attempted rape) in their lifetime, and one in three women will experience domestic violence.