I’m very happy to report that our Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign is having an impact. At our request, New York State Senator Catharine Young sponsored a resolution recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month that was passed Wednesday by the New York State Legislature. At the local level, the posters we distributed to area restaurants and taverns have created a buzz. A woman from Wellsville posted on her Facebook page how happy she was to see the posters at a local restaurant. She said she was “shocked and surprised” to see the posters and was excited to tell her friends about them. The posters include clear definitions of consent, advice on how to help a friend, what to do if someone is sexually assaulted and how to contact the SAFE programs at Olean General Hospital, Jones Memorial Hospital and WCA Hospital. We also created a Sexual Assault Awareness Month release that was sent to the Olean Times Herald, the Wellsville Daily Reporter and the Jamestown Post Journal. I want to thank Senator Young for once again helping and supporting our work. We’re truly fortunate to have such a concerned and committed representative in Albany.