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Plattsburgh will come together to Rock Against Rape

Fundraiser will help raise awareness for local counseling services

Sandy Esposito, sexual assault services coordinator,  Aimee Baker, volunteer coordinator, Chris Mann, community educator, Robin Baughn, billing representative, and president of Planned Parenthood, Betsy Brown get the word out about Rock Against Rape in their event T-shirts.

Sandy Esposito, sexual assault services coordinator, Aimee Baker, volunteer coordinator, Chris Mann, community educator, Robin Baughn, billing representative, and president of Planned Parenthood, Betsy Brown get the word out about Rock Against Rape in their event T-shirts. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— Planned Parenthood also provides educational materials and accompaniment for victims to have someone there to go with them to the police station, to seek medical services and forensic examinations, and through court proceedings.

“The venue, the raffle items and the bands were all donated, so we can put all the money toward helping provide services to victims of sexual assault,” said Darrah.

Darrah, who has organized the event for five of its seven programs, said she keeps jumping to volunteer because it’s a fun event that is helpful to many people. 

“One of the best results of this event has been getting the hotline information out there,” Darrah said. “I don’t know if many people even knew we offered it till we started getting it out there with Rock Against Rape.”

Esposito said it is very important to have these services available for victims so they know no one asks to be raped.

“Our services are for both females and males,” said Esposito. “People seem to think rape is a crime that is just about sex. Rape is a crime about power and control.” 

For more information about the event, or to make a donation, call Planned Parenthood at 561-4430

Anyone seeking counseling services or for help coping with an assault can call the free hotline at 1-877-212-2323.

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