Throughout the past year, there has been a rise in conversations surrounding the unconscionable prevalence of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and sexual harassment in our country. Accordingly, as we recognize the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I call upon all of us to take a stand against all forms of violence, assault, and harassment. Whether it is domestic violence at home, or sexual harassment in the workplace, we must find a way to prevent these occurrences from happening to ensure a culture in which everyone feels safe. Together, we must commit to working towards a society that upholds the protection of our daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, friends, and co-workers.
To all survivors– we support you. You are not alone. Your remarkable bravery and strength is changing our world for the better, and we are indebted to your courage. Today, and everyday, we will stand alongside survivors, and commit to creating a culture in which everyone feels safe and protected.
On October 18th, wear purple, the color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, in support of Go Purple Day in New York. Lastly, If you, or someone you know has been a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, please know that there are countless confidential and free support services available:
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.7233
- The National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1.800.656.4673
- Barrier Free Living: 212.533.4358
- NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project: 212.714.1141
- Sanctuary for Families: 212.349.6009
- STEPS to End Family Violence: 877.783.7794
- Urban Justice Center Domestic Violence Project: 718.875.5062
- Violence Intervention Program: 800.664.5880
- Safe Horizon Rape and Sexual Assault Hotline: 212.227.3000
- New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault: 212.514.7233
- NYC District Attorney’s Crime/Special Victims Bureau: 212.335.9373