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.
Plattsburgh music lovers and supporters of victims of sexual assault can Rock Against Rape at the annual Planned Parenthood fundraiser on Saturday, April 6.
Olive Ridley’s will host the night of music to show support for victims of sexual assault and provide educational services.
Musical acts Hello Control will start off the evening of spectacular performances, followed by acoustic performer Giovanni Bucci.
If you go:
What: Rock Against Rape
When: Saturday, April 6, from 7 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: Olive Ridley’s, 37 Court Street, Plattsburgh
Admission is $3 at the door.
Reggae band The Snacks, a spinoff of local favorites Eat, Sleep, Funk, will wrap up the evening.
“My favorite part of the event is finding the bands, inviting them to take part in our fundraiser and getting to hear about why they will help,” said event organizer and Planned Parenthood bill coordinator Shana Darrah.
“It (the fundraiser) brings in a new crowd every year based on the bands we get and we also have our regular supporters,” said Darrah. “It’s always fun and gets people talking.”
Sandra Esposito, Sexual Assault Services Coordinator for Planned Parenthood, said the annual fundraiser is a positive way to bring everyone together from the community and to keep education about sexual assault at the forefront.
“This is a crime that is very underreported and we want people to know there are services here for them in Clinton and Franklin County,” Esposito said. “Come and support survivors in a fun way where people can discuss things out in the open. We want people to know they are not alone.”
All proceeds raised at the event go directly to services for victims.
Planned Parenthood provides a free 24-hour hotline manned by trained rape crisis counselors.
Esposito said the counselors can also refer the callers to other counseling services when needed.
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.