New Group Launches to Combat Sexual Abuse
By Rebecca Klopf
April 23, 2016
A new group in Milwaukee has started to combat sexual assaults of minors. The community coalition is from the Office of Violence Prevention.
Just this week a dean, a teacher, and a pastor, all charged with having inappropriate relationships with underage children.
Alice Belcher says something needs to be done.
That's why she has teamed with other sexual assault groups in Milwaukee to create a new community coalition.
"The problem has been a lot of people don't know that we are here and have been doing this work," says Alice Belcher, Christian Woman Prospective Ministries founder. "So we decided instead of doing things disjointedly we would together as a new coordinated community response team."
The groups say sexual assaults by people in trusted positions are not new.
"They are the same, we hear them, Most of the time they go unreported, now they are coming out," says Annika Leonard, Priceless Incite founder.
A key part of the effort is also prevention.
"We have to have honest conversations about sex and healthy relationships," says Tristan Gross, Center for Abuse and Engagement.
Men are going into schools to talk to teens who might become abusers.
"We must begin to teach our sons to respect the dignity and humanity of others," Gross says.
The new coalition is run by the Office of Violence Prevention. You can reach out to them through an email at Remoore@milwaukee.gov.