Posted by boston.com September 18, 2013 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the YWCA of Greater Lawrence, Inc:
The YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center in Lynn, a program of the YWCA of Greater Lawrence, is working with local business owners to launch its Safe Sites Project in Salem. The kick-off will be on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at The Lobster Shanty at 25 Front Street in Salem.
With the support of Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and Salem Police Chief Paul Tucker, the Safe Sites Project will work to:
- Create a system of safe, temporary public spaces for any individual experiencing street harassment, sexual assault, or other forms of violence;
- Prevent these crimes by sending the message that they will not be tolerated in the community;
- Raise awareness of community resources available to those experiencing harassment, sexual assault, or other forms of violence.
Participating businesses display a Safe Sites decal in their windows to indicate that help is available, if needed. Safe Sites businesses will be provided with basic written information about emergency services and local resources to share with anyone seeking assistance. They may also offer use of their phones and allow someone feeling threatened to remain in their business until help arrives. Safe Sites is modeled after the successful Safe Streets program of the Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault.
Participating businesses in the Salem Safe Sites Project include (with more businesses expected to join the project):
Salem Mayor’s Office Wynott’s Wands
Salem Police Department Capt’s Waterfront
The Lobster Shanty Laura Lanes Skincare
The Scarlet Letter Press Remember Salem
Pamplemousse Social Palates
The YWCA of Greater Lawrence serves more than 15,000 people annually and offers more than 21 programs in Essex County, including the North Shore and the Merrimack Valley Regions. Visit www.ywacalawrence.org for information.
The YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center, serving 28 cities and towns, became a program of the YWCA of Greater Lawrence in July 2013. It is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety & Security and by generous donors to the YWCA.
For information about Salem Safe Sites, contact YWCA NSRCC at firstname.lastname@example.org.