Teens getting involved in Transitions observances

SUNBURY – “Relationship Violence” is a relatively new term for an age old problem, date rape and violence in other types of relationships. Focusing on “Relationship Violence” is one of the facets of this months’ Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities at Transitions. CEO Susan Mathias says teens are being asked to get involved too.

She said, “We are holding a video contest for teens only. They can go to our website, which is www.transitionspa.org. Teens in teams of five are asked to develop a 30 to 60 second video that focuses on dating violence. Winners will have their videos posted on the website and will receive prizes as well.”

Transitions is a crisis center that provides advocacy and education to victims, survivors, families and communities to end patterns of violence and abuse. Mathias said, “Transition is almost 40-years old. We started out as Susquehanna Valley Women in Transition. But, our services are so inclusive and we wanted to make sure people understand that we serve people of all sexes, race and abilities so we took the women out of the name and call it Transitions now. We are serving Union, Snyder and Northumberland Counties.”

Mathias says they will also recognize the 20th anniversary of Evangelical Community Hospital’s sexual assault nurse examiner program. The event will be at the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg. They will thank the hospital, nurse examiners and law enforcement for their efforts to protect sexual assault victims. You can hear more from Susan Mathias from WKOK’s Sunrise program. (Ali Stevens)

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