PCAR Marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month With Launch of `Where's the Outrage?' Campaign

Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape

    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Supporters, advocates,
 legislators, and elected officials joined with members of the Pennsylvania
 Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) at the State Capitol today to raise awareness of
 sexual violence and to ask the question, "Where's the Outrage?"  According to
 Delilah Rumburg, Executive Director for the Coalition, "For well over
 25 years, rape crisis advocates have been working to change systems and
 improve services for victims of sexual violence with great success, yet so
 much work remains to be done, particularly around public perceptions and
 attitudes."
     PCAR's "Outrage" campaign is designed to challenge public indifference by
 raising awareness of sexual violence in a manner that promotes public
 accountability for ending it.  According to Rumburg, "We live in a society
 where we are saturated with information and competing headlines.  Cases of
 sexual assault are diluted and people grow numb to the realization that sexual
 violence is occurring within their own backyards and communities at alarming
 frequency.  It is our job to bring these headlines into the public's
 consciousness and provide people with appropriate outlets to use their outrage
 for change."
     Attorney General Mike Fisher was on hand to lend his support to this
 effort and vowed to take action against perpetrators who commit these crimes.
 "We must never forget the devastating impact of sexual assault on the victims,
 and we must never ignore how widespread and common sexual assault is in our
 society," said Fisher, who voiced law enforcement's support in finding ways to
 reduce the number of sexual assaults in Pennsylvania.
     The House of Representatives issued a Resolution recognizing April as
 Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.  Senator Jane Orie, who until
 yesterday had served as a legislator in the House, spearheaded the Resolution.
 According to Orie, "I have been a long-time advocate for victims of sexual
 assault.  In my new role as Senator, I will continue to take my passion and my
 concern forward in championing these issues in the Senate."
     Danielle Keener, survivor of a brutal rape and attempted homicide,
 provided the story behind the headline.  Keener and a visiting male friend
 were abducted at gunpoint while walking along a street in York County.  They
 were taken to a secluded area where Keener was brutally raped and beaten.
 After the rape, both Keener and her friend were shot several times and left to
 die, their bodies were discovered by a hunter.  According to Keener, "I never
 thought that this could happen to me, but it did.  Now I want to tell my story
 of survival so that I can help others.  I am here to tell you that I am not a
 statistic and I am not a headline, I am a person who knows the terror and
 trauma of rape and near death caused by a violent, sadistic criminal."
     Additional information can be obtained by calling PCAR's statewide
 information and hotline at 1-888-772-PCAR.
 
 

SOURCE Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Supporters, advocates,
 legislators, and elected officials joined with members of the Pennsylvania
 Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) at the State Capitol today to raise awareness of
 sexual violence and to ask the question, "Where's the Outrage?"  According to
 Delilah Rumburg, Executive Director for the Coalition, "For well over
 25 years, rape crisis advocates have been working to change systems and
 improve services for victims of sexual violence with great success, yet so
 much work remains to be done, particularly around public perceptions and
 attitudes."
     PCAR's "Outrage" campaign is designed to challenge public indifference by
 raising awareness of sexual violence in a manner that promotes public
 accountability for ending it.  According to Rumburg, "We live in a society
 where we are saturated with information and competing headlines.  Cases of
 sexual assault are diluted and people grow numb to the realization that sexual
 violence is occurring within their own backyards and communities at alarming
 frequency.  It is our job to bring these headlines into the public's
 consciousness and provide people with appropriate outlets to use their outrage
 for change."
     Attorney General Mike Fisher was on hand to lend his support to this
 effort and vowed to take action against perpetrators who commit these crimes.
 "We must never forget the devastating impact of sexual assault on the victims,
 and we must never ignore how widespread and common sexual assault is in our
 society," said Fisher, who voiced law enforcement's support in finding ways to
 reduce the number of sexual assaults in Pennsylvania.
     The House of Representatives issued a Resolution recognizing April as
 Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.  Senator Jane Orie, who until
 yesterday had served as a legislator in the House, spearheaded the Resolution.
 According to Orie, "I have been a long-time advocate for victims of sexual
 assault.  In my new role as Senator, I will continue to take my passion and my
 concern forward in championing these issues in the Senate."
     Danielle Keener, survivor of a brutal rape and attempted homicide,
 provided the story behind the headline.  Keener and a visiting male friend
 were abducted at gunpoint while walking along a street in York County.  They
 were taken to a secluded area where Keener was brutally raped and beaten.
 After the rape, both Keener and her friend were shot several times and left to
 die, their bodies were discovered by a hunter.  According to Keener, "I never
 thought that this could happen to me, but it did.  Now I want to tell my story
 of survival so that I can help others.  I am here to tell you that I am not a
 statistic and I am not a headline, I am a person who knows the terror and
 trauma of rape and near death caused by a violent, sadistic criminal."
     Additional information can be obtained by calling PCAR's statewide
 information and hotline at 1-888-772-PCAR.
 
 SOURCE  Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape