Verde Valley Sanctuary leads informative sexual assault event

In light of sexual misconduct allegations nationwide, conversation and action against sexual harassment, assault and domestic violence has been taken in communities nationwide.

To enlighten the community to the prevalence of these issues, Verde Valley Sanctuary will host a Sexual Harassment and Assault Workshop: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Sedona Public Library. The workshop is intended to show people they are not alone, and there are available resources in the community.

“We felt that [the community] really didn’t know where to turn for help,” VVS Development Director Jennifer Perry said. “What we really need to be doing is talk about this issue of harassment and assault, and what you do when you are caught off-guard in a situation. So, we started brainstorming different ways to approach it.”

Thus, the conception for the workshop was conceived.

The workshop is intended to reach full, starting with a discussion on practical tips on how to handle and identify situations of abuse and violence lead by Verde Valley Sanctuary Outreach Director Lisa Davis.

Attendees will also learn how to protect themselves from physical or psychological harassment in situations either at work, school or in personal relationships. Speaking on matters in these realms will be employment law and human resources consultant Laura J. Hamblin.

Hamblin has training in the legal side of sexual harassment and will talk about workplace laws that prohibit sexual harassment, explain its legal definition and provide examples of harassment in the workplace.

“It’s good for both the employer and the employees to know,” Hamblin said about sexual harassment laws in the workplace. “The employers need to make sure they’re providing training and a complaint procedure, so that they can address things properly.”

Cottonwood Police Department Victim Advocate Johannah Rutschow is another workshop presenter. Rutschow intends …read more

Source:: Sedona News


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