PLATTSBURGH- Planned Parenthood of the North Country New York (PPNCNY) is gearing up for an event that's become a familiar sight this time of year.
The health services organization will host "Rock Against Rape," an annual awareness event and fundraiser for its Sexual Assault Services program. The event - slated for Saturday, April 16 - coincides with Sexual Services Awareness Month.
Martha Stahl, vice president of external affairs for PPNCNY, emphasized the main focus of the event is spreading awareness of the resource of Sexual Assault Services.
"Some people don't even realize that Sexual Assault Services is a program of Planned Parenthood," she noted. "We like to raise awareness of the fact that we have a 24-hour hotline."
The fourth consecutive event will take place at the Monopole, 7 Protection Ave., from 5 p.m until 2 a.m. Sunday,April 17. Unique to the event this year, on-site advocates will be available to individuals who would like to speak with them.
"It does tend to bring up people's emotions, and people tend to talk about experiences they've had," noted Stahl.
Community support is integral to the event's success, she said.
"It's more than an awareness event, its about getting the word out in the community and sending the message that this community supports those who have undergone sexual assault."
In addition to hosting the event, Monopole bartenders will also be donating their tips towards the fundraiser.
"Monopole bartenders are donating tips, which is really, really very nice," she said.
Performers at the event will include Eat.Sleep.Funk., the Natalie Ward Band, Roadside Mystic and Trinity Park Radio.
"Several of the bands are repeat performers for us, which is great," said Stahl.
Admission will be a suggested donation of $5. Donations are completely optional, but encouraged.
"The most important thing to us is people coming out and supporting the event," Stahl emphasized.
Rock Against Rape will also include a raffle and T-shirt sale to benefit PPNCNY. Also available will be door prizes and give-aways donated by local businesses.
The event is open to those 21 and older.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Stahl at 561-0605 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MaryWeinstein is a correspondent for Denton Publications. She may be reached at email@example.com.