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C.O.V.E celebrates 40 years and kicks of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

March 28, 2019

This year marks the 40th anniversary for Communities Overcoming Violent Encounter (C.O.V.E.).

C.O.V.E.’s mission is providing shelter, protection and advocacy to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault as well as educate the community on the root causes of violence. Services are provided tp Mason, Lake and Oceana counties to all individuals, according to the COVE website.

C.O.V.E. will also be adding Manistee County to their coverage area, said Sandy Coleman development and public relations manager for C.O.V.E. in Ludington.

Launched in April 2001 by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (N.S.V.R.C.), Sexual Assault Awareness Month (S.A.A.M.) is an annual awareness and prevention campaign observed in April and is coordinated each year with assistance from anti-sexual assault organizations throughout the United States, according to the NSVRC website.

C.O.V.E. was started in 1978 after a group in Hart had a lack of support and resources for a sexual assault victim. In January of 1979, Region 4 Community Services began and in June of 1979, C.O.V.E. obtained offices in Hart,” said Coleman.

C.O.V.E. has many events scheduled for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The goal of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities how to prevent it according to National National Sexual Violence Resource Center website.

April 2 is the National Day of Actions for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Ludington Pizza Hut will be kicking of April with a fundraiser, according to C.O.V.E. Event Page.

Lake, Mason and Oceana counties will participate in a variety of different events and fundraisers from Walk for Awareness, drag shows, trivia nights, line dancing and karaoke night.

“One in five women experience rape or rape experiences,” Coleman said. For men, the number is one in 67.

For a list of all the events for SAAM visit COVE’s Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/callcove/