Flags mark sexual assault awareness

Mark Gutman/Daily NewsOrange flags have placed outside the Genesee County Courthouse in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. They’ll remain on display through April.

BATAVIA — As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, flag displays are popping up in Genesee, Orleans and Livingston counties.

“RESTORE remains operational during this uncertain time and our communities will survive and heal from COVID-19 just as we work toward ending sexual and domestic violence — together,” said Lauren Berger of RESTORE.

Although the organization doesn’t have a flag display in Warsaw this year, the others have gone ahead as planned. They will remain up through April.

Locations will include:

n The Genesee County Courthouse on Route 63 in Batavia.

n The Pullman Memorial Universalist Church on Park Street in Albion.

n Route 20A and Volunteer Road in Geneseo.

The number of flags this year has increased, Berger said.

RESTORE uses a national figure calculated by the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, which had previously shown that somebody in the United States was impacted by sexual assault once every two minutes. The statistic has since increased to every 73 seconds, someone in the U.S. is impacted by sexual assault, which translates to 1,183 every day.

“We do not believe this is an indicator of increased violence, but rather more people being able to define their experience and connect with support and resources,” Berger said.

Check www.restoresas.org and @RESTOREsas on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to raise awareness about sexual violence, find community support, and supporting one another during — and after — the coronavirus pandemic, Berger said. The organization is emphasizing its Letters of Hope, where people can submit photos of letters of support to restore@ppcwny.org to be posted on its website and on social media at https://restoresas.org/lettersofhope.

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