Polito on Cape Talking Sexual Violence Prevention

posted by Walt Perkins - 

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito was on the Cape Thursday making several stops.

The first was was in Yarmouth where she joined local advocates and Yarmouth community members for a discussion about sexual violence prevention.

"This is one of five listening sessions that we've conducted across the Commonwealth to engage in a conversation about strategies that are working locally to prevent sexual assault and domestic violence and to help inform our administration about a public awareness campaign that we are putting together in order to engage school communities at large around reducing sexual assault and domestic violence in people's lives" said Polito.

The Executive Director of Independence House in Hyannis, Lysetta Hurge-Putnam knows Polito has invested a lot of effort into sexual violence prevention:

 "It's an issue that the Lt. Governor has been very committed to throughout her time as Lt. Governor," said Hurge-Putnam. "She leads the Governor's Council on sexual and domestic violence and has really tried to focus on all aspects of sexual violence."

 The just passed $42 billion state budget has set aside $500,000 to fund a public service campaign on sexual violence prevention. Polito says the last time the Commonwealth funded such a campaign was in the 1990s.

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