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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 18, 2019

For more information, contact:

Shannel Vance, Communications Specialist
(281) 885-4607
svance@namonline.org

SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH SPECIAL SCREENING OF “GREY’S ANATOMY” AT NAM

HOUSTON— April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) is inviting the community to attend a special screening of a recent episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” that addresses the topic of sexual violence. Following the screening, there will be a community discussion.

“We want to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate our community on how to prevent it,” said Sheryl Johnson, Director of NAM’s Family Violence Center. “The more we talk about the problem the closer we can get to a world free of sexual assault and abuse and inspire people to do our part to protect survivors and prevent sexual violence.”

The screening and community discussion will be held at NAM located at 15555 Kuykendahl Rd., Houston, TX 77090. The event is free, but you are asked to please submit your RSVP if you plan to attend. If you have questions or would like additional information, contact Cynthia Butler at cbutler@namonline.org.

Due to the sensitive subject matter and graphic content, the event may not be appropriate for children under the age of 13 and viewer discretion is advised.

NAM’s Family Violence Center will also host a “We Stand By You” event in front of NAM’s main building on National Denim Day – Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Everyone is encouraged to wear denim or jeans to protest against Sexual Violence.

If you, or anyone you know, is suffering from sexual or domestic violence and needs help now, please call NAM’s 24-hour Family Violence Hotline at (281) 885-HOPE (4673) or toll free at (888) 750-HOPE (4673).

The Family Violence Center (FVC) is dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence by assisting victims of domestic and sexual violence through crisis intervention, long-term support services, and through community violence and awareness prevention education. In the fiscal year 2017-2018, the FVC received more than 8,300 hotline calls from victims in crisis and individuals seeking assistance. They also offer year-round programs, workshops and different events that bring awareness to the domestic violence problem in the area.

Northwest Assistance Ministries is a non-profit, community-based social service agency that strives to meet basic human needs through Neighbors Helping Neighbors.  NAM provides assistance in areas such as food, shelter, health, education and domestic violence awareness and intervention.  During its last fiscal year, NAM touched the lives of more than 130,000 people through its many programs and services.

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