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With April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence has launched a unique community awareness campaign to get people to start talking about pressing issues. 

It's all about breaking the silence and starting the dialogue on violence prevention. Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence Executive Director Cynthia Cabot explains the theme for this year.  

"When we normally talk about sexual assault, that is usually a very serious topic," she said. "What we wanted to do is come up with a campaign so with the team here at the coalition, came up with this talking rocks because what we wanted to do is also promote opportunities for starting up the conversation. Talking is cool and talking rocks in that regard."

Along with a proclamation signing declaring April-Sexual Assault Awareness month and the 7th-13th National Crime Victim's Rights week, #TalkingRocks was officially launched. Cabot says that talking is healthy and it is a way to encourage everyone to start talking about more of the healthy relationships.



"We do the hashtag, and look at ways you can tag us as well," Cabot. "This is one way we can generate interest with the younger folks who are more inclined to that. So when they find these talking rocks at these establishments we are partnering within our community then we ask that they also participate, take a selfie and tag us. This is one way they can help us start the conversation."

The non-profit organization was established back in 2006 and aims to address sexual assault and family violence with one united voice.

"We partner up with many governments here on Guam to address the issue of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, sex trafficking here on Guam, So, with that, it's more like being able to provide a resource for our partners."

If you would like more information, you can visit GuamCoaltion.org and for a listing of island resources, head over to PacificRegionResources.org

"What we wanted to get out to the community, is that we can develop opportunities for supporting healthy families and healthy communities and we can do that by talking and communicating... like with any relationship- be it familial, be it romantic, be it just with your classmate for example," Cabot said. "It's about being able to communicate without the fear of any repercussions or the bullying that comes with it."e

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