MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- A 5k walk/run which promotes awareness of sexual assault is planned for Saturday, Oct. 22 at Iona College in New Rochelle.
The goal of the SToPP (Stop. Think. Protect your Peers) race, now in its second year, is to remind people about this important epidemic which impacts one in five college women and one in 16 college men.
The event is organized by The New Agenda , a Mamaroneck-based nationwide organization which advocates for issues relating to economic independence and advancement, gender representation and bias, sexual assault and domestic violence.
Proceeds of the SToPP race go towards The New Agenda's year-round efforts to raise awareness and produce educational content. (Last year, proceeds went towards production of “Grey Matters,” an educational video series directed by Mamaroneck’s Alanah Rafferty.)
“The idea of SToPP -- Stop. Think. Protect your Peers. -- is to empower and educate our kids," explained Amy Siskind, a Mamaroneck resident and co-founder and president of The New Agenda. "Fifty-five percent of college students who witnessed a sexual assault didn’t intervene, many because they didn’t know what to do."