www.mybaycity.com March 22, 2012
Rotary Article 6855

Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April and Denim Day

March 22, 2012
By: Stephen Kent

Tracy Rainey
Tracy Rainey, the Sexual Assault Program Director ad the Bay Area Women's Center spoke to Rotary about Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April and Denim Day.

Tracy has been with the Women's Center for about 16 years. She's watched the evolution of the organization over that time. Many strides have been made the numbers are still high and the cases are still real. The designation of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month gives centers the opportunity to talk about the issues.

To illustrate the work of the Center and the people served, Tracy gave several recent examples. These included the case of a 25 year old, working, single mother. She noticed when bathing her children that they had bruises. She took them to the ER, which referred her to the Women's Center.

Cases are referred to the Center because they specialize in this type of case and have trained nurses on staff. The Center coordinates with the hospitals and law enforcement and brought in the appropriate people. The Center also knows how to work with cases like this and properly treat victims and shepherd them through the system.

Denim Days is named for an Italian case in 1997 where an 18 year old student was assaulted by her driving instructor, raped and abandoned in an alley. The perpetrator was caught and convicted of rape and sentenced to jail. Upon appeal the conviction was overturned because the girl has been wearing jeans and the judge felt she would have had to help the attacker remove those jeans, making the rape consensual.

With international headlines, the woman's jeans became a symbol and today women wear jeans in April as an international symbol of protest about harmful attitudes about rape.

Tracy talked about the realities of abuse in the area and the work of the Women's Center and similar services, which has grown and improved over the years. If the job is done well, victim's mental health will be better, the community will see a lower financial effect to the health and legal systems.

The Bay Area Women's Center can be reached at (989) 686-4551.


Jerome Yantz and his group continue to collect funds for the Paul Harris Statue to be placed at the Depot. The work is well under way to finish the statue.

Statue funding is a private project and does not come from the club's budget, although the club is supporting the effort. If you would like to participate please contact Jerome.

REMINDER: On April 10 the Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley will speak to the club. Mark your calendars and invite guests to attend.

The Club Board met prior to the meeting. Highlights included:

Chuck Cusick spoke about the Club's on-going "Adopt-a-Village" project in Guatemala. After an initial $5,000 donation in 2009, the club has budgeted $3,000 per year to the project. Chuck listed the items we've covered including a Satellite Internet connection, mother's education, computers, garbage stations, and organic garden, solar power, etc.

Kim Prime and Lee Newton reported on their recent trip to PETS (President Elect Training).

The club's own foundation reported their new slate of officers and board members, drawn from the club. They also noted that all funds have now been paid out. The club transferred $500 to maintain the balance.

Brenda Rowley reported on the exchange students sponsored by the club. Three families will be needed for next year's inbound student and that effort is now underway.

This year's Rotary Concert will be on April 12 at the State Theater as a music only program. Performers and musicians will include a Bob Sege tribute. Program Ads are being sold at this time. Sign up at the next meeting. The poster for this year's event has been designed by Cindy Chadwick and is being printed now. Be sure to see the preview on the front page of the club web site RotaryBayCity.org

The club continues to recruit new members. Talk to any of the club officers if you have prospects. Be sure to invite friends and prospects to hear the Lt. Governor on April 10th.

International Night organizational meetings are well underway. Be sure to let Kim Prime know how you can help with this year's event!

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Lt. Governor to Speak on April 10, 2012. Invite guests and potential members!

Due to the Lt. Governor's talk on 4/10/2012, the Board meeting on that day will be moved back to 4/17 in April.

Rotary Concert at the State Theater on April 12, 2012.

International Night is scheduled for October 11, 2012.

Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at RotaryBayCity.org )

March 27, 2011: Second Vocational Day. Lisa Woodke will talk about Dow's Agricultural business and vocational opportunities.

April 3, 2011: Jennie Mason talks about FabulaCity Community Education.

April 10, 2011: Lieutenant Gov. Brian Calley will speak. This is a great opportunity to invite guests to Rotary.

April 17, 2011: Cat Hyland - General Manager Bay Valley will speak to us about the new educational program at Bay Valley.

April 24, 2011: Tammy Roehrs, Bay County Division on Aging will speak on Elder Abuse.

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