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BARONS WEARING TEAL RIBBONS DURING MONTH OF APRIL

By Josh Evans, OKC Barons

For the fourth consecutive season, the Oklahoma City Barons join Attorney General Scott Pruitt to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Oklahoma.

The month is designed to raise awareness about sexual assault and what Oklahomans can do to help prevent the underreported crime.  Advocates continue to stress the critical role Oklahoma men can play in preventing sexual assault.

To assist this effort, the Oklahoma City Barons are wearing teal stickers on their helmets for the remainder of the season. Many Barons fans may have already noticed the teal ribbon and phrase “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” in the ice at the Cox Convention Center.  Again this season, the Barons are donating $1 of every ticket sold in the month of April, including any potential playoff games, to programs aimed at educating citizens of Oklahoma about the prevention of these activities.

The Barons’ efforts culminate on Saturday, April 20, when the team will distribute t-shirts during the game with proactive messages aimed at raising the awareness of sexual assault in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault will have a booth on the upper concourse with educational materials and Bob Funk Jr. will receive an award for earning national recognition for his efforts to raise awareness about sexual assault.

“We must be proactive not reactive with regard to this issue,” said Prodigal owner Bob Funk Jr.  “Our commitment with the Barons and Prodigal is to our community and its wellbeing.  We are proud to partner with the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office and the OCADVSA as they take a stand against violence and advocate for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.”

“In order to affect positive change, we must alter the pervasive attitudes that objectify women in the media, advertisements and society at large.  As men, we have a duty to support other good men and stand up to those who have done wrong. If we want to end the violence, we need to be part of the solution”

Anyone wanting more information on sexual assault can call the Safeline at 800-522-SAFE.  Calls are answered by a crisis intervention specialist who can provide information about law enforcement and safety and direct the caller to local resources to help.  Specialized therapy for women and men is also available at The Rape Crisis Center at the YWCA in Oklahoma City.  For more information call 405-947-4506 or visit ywca.org/oklahomacity.

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