For immediate release by:                                           
Lester Jones, Director-Health Officer              
Middlesex County Office of Health Services  
April 15, 2014                                  

John Dowd, Health Educator Risk Communicator
Middlesex County Office of Health Services


Middlesex County to Recognize Denim Day

Middlesex County will recognize Denim Day on Friday, April 25 and is encouraging all County residents to participate by wearing denim to raise awareness of sexual violence.

Freeholder H. James Polos, chairman of the Public Safety and Health Committee, said: “An important aspect of addressing sexual violence is empowerment. This means returning power and control to survivors; providing all residents accurate information about prevention; educating those in our society to no longer tolerate sexual violence; offering the resources and counseling to victims; and ensuring that victims receive the governmental and institutional support they deserve.”

"We are trying to raise awareness and reach the victims of this terrible crime, to let them know there are valuable services available to them,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios.
On April 25, a table will be set up in the County Administration Building lobby (75 Bayard St. in New Brunswick) to provide information about available services, awareness events and prevention efforts.
Earlier this month the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders proclaimed April as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” (SAAM).  The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence, demonstrate support for survivors and educate individuals and communities on how to prevent sexual violence. 

The Middlesex County Office of Health Services’ Center for Empowerment and the Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition of Middlesex County have come together with the support of the Board of Chosen Freeholders to join the efforts of national, state, and local partners to educate our community about what can be done to prevent sexual assault and support survivors.  

Selected salons throughout the county are offering teal hair and nail products to raise awareness and support survivors.  Contact the Middlesex County Center for Empowerment at 1-877-665-7273 for a list of participating salons.

The Middlesex County Center for Empowerment’s Clothesline Project will be displayed at Middlesex County College from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 21 in the Main Lounge at the College Center. 
Middlesex County Confidential Sexual Violence Advocates will join people from throughout the state at the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s Fourth Annual SAAM 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, May 3. Visit for more information.

For more information about sexual violence, Middlesex County’s prevention efforts, available services and to be involved in Sexual Assault Awareness Month events, please call 1-877-665-7273. 

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