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Sexual assault is the topic for Dec. 15 forum at Penn State Fayette

12/13/2010 —

The final CSI: Fayette public forum for 2010 will focus on the topic of sexual assault. The public is invited to this free forum, which will be held Wednesday, Dec. 15, from 6-8 p.m. at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus in Swimmer Hall, in the Williams Building. This is the sixth forum in the ongoing CSI: Fayette series—Crime Subjects Investigated—hosted by the Herald-Standard and Penn State Fayette.

The panelists for the Dec. 15 forum will include Fayette County District Attorney Jack Henecks Jr.; Gina D’Auria, casework manager at Fayette County Children and Youth Services; Dr. Jo Ann Jankoski, assistant professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the Fayette campus; and representatives from the state police and the Fayette County Crime Victims’ Center.

Dr. Jankoski says sexual assault is an issue we don't often address, but it occurs in a continuum. “It impacts not only the victim; it impacts the family, partners and the community as a whole.”  According to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, sexual violence occurs any time a person is forced, coerced, and/or manipulated into any unwanted sexual activity. The range of sexual violence includes rape, incest, child sexual assault, ritual abuse, date and acquaintance rape, statutory rape, marital or partner rape, sexual exploitation, sexual contact, sexual harassment, exposure, human trafficking, and voyeurism. Jankoski adds, “Most people may work with people who are victims of sexual assault—women and men—who have been victims but are too ashamed to share their experience with a support system. Sexual assault is all about power and control. It happens to children and the elderly, too. Any one of us can be a victim.”

The public is encouraged to learn more about this important topic at the Dec. 13 forum. No reservations are required. Penn State Fayette partnered with the Herald-Standard to present the CSI: Fayette community forums to offer an opportunity for area residents to learn about and discuss topics of interest related to local crime and law enforcement.

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