Display of orange flags at Pullman church shows prevalence of sexual assault

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 April 2023 at 8:57 am

Photos by Tom Rivers: These flags on the lawn in front of the Pullman Memorial Universalist Church are up in April during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

ALBION – For the ninth year, RESTORE is placing displays around the region to raise awareness for sexual violence.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which gives RESTORE and rape crisis programs nationwide a spotlight on sexual violence and the resources people can turn to for help.

In each of five counties RESTORE serves there is a display of 1,183 small orange flags, including in front of the Pullman Memorial Universalist Church in Albion.

The flags represent the national statistic that an American is sexually assaulted every 68 seconds, or 1,271 every day. The displays also include explanatory signage and RESTORE’s 24-hour hotline number.

The flags remain on display throughout the month of April. Additional displays travel across the five-county region, hosted by the colleges where RESTORE partners for advocacy, education and support.

For assistance call the 24-hour hotline Genesee, Livingston, Orleans & Wyoming counties at 1-800-527-1757 and in Monroe County at 1-585-546-2777.