Training event develops strategies to combat sexual assault, domestic violence
As an effort to prevent and combat the rise in sexual assault and domestic violence, a three-day training event is being held for various organizations.
In a press conference in April, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero addressed the troubling numbers, at the time, "Our domestic violence statistics are high, I think they are very alarming. We had 1,226 violence cases filed in 2021."
The Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence is holding the training focusing on fostering safety in all spaces, specifically for the youth and families. Technology safety project manager at the National Network to End Domestic Violence Audace Garnett and founder of Eleven24, Tonjie Reese, are leading the training.
"Audace and I talked about technology abuse among young people and how it fits into dating violence," explained Reese.
Garnett added, "We also spoke about the importance of safety planning with young people, working with them, building relationships and trust with them. Young people are experiencing teen dating violence and technology abuse at really high rates, so it’s important we understand how it’s being misused and we help young people understand how they can remain safe while using technology, as well."
For those in need of services pertaining to domestic violence or sexual assault, many resources are available such as Victim Advocates Reaching Out. Their number is 671-477-5552. The Alee Women’s Shelter under Catholic Social Services is also available for those seeking immediate shelter.