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Rock Against Rape rockin' its fourth year

PLATTSBURGH - Rock Against Rape, a sexual assault awareness fundraiser, is gearing up for its fourth year.

This year's event, which coincides with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, will be held this Saturday, April 17, from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Monopole, 7 Protection Ave.

Planned Parenthood of the North Country New York's vice president of external affairs, Martha Fuller Stahl, said the event is held to raise awareness and funds for the organization's sexual assault services program.

"It's been building momentum over the last couple of years," said Fuller Stahl.

Fuller Stahl said the first Rock Against Rape was actually held at Koffee Kat as an open mic kind of event.

"Since then, it's really evolved," she said. "We've got great bands and it's going to be an event that the bands are really excited about doing."

The bands on the playlist for this year are Josh Cramoy Band, Eat.Sleep.Funk., Shameless Strangers, Filming Ohio, and Flip the Bus.

Aside from music, Fuller Stahl said there will be trivia and information provided about sexual assault.

"Letting people know that the majority of sexual assaults are not a stranger in an alley, but are people you know," she explained. "Talking to people about looking out for their friends and raising awareness about date rape drugs."

"It's not going to be a super-heavy educational event," Fuller Stahl added. "It's sort of mixing up that educational stuff with fun."

Although the event raises funds for PPNCNY, Fuller Stahl hopes that won't discourage people from coming who may be against the other services they provide.

"The proceeds of the event are to benefit just our sexual assault services directly," she explained. "We have a 24-hour hotline that people who are survivors of sexual assault can call, we offering counseling and referrals and do advocacy work."

"We're really the only people in the area offering those services," Fuller Stahl added.

A $5 donation is suggested for the event.

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