Interested in raising awareness of child sexual abuse?
Want to know how to prevent, recognize, and react to abuse?
Do you work with youth and want to keep them safe?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should attend this training.
In partnership with Eastside Family YMCA, CVCerie will host Darkness to Light training on two different dates and locations for your convenience.
  • April 4th from 5pm to 8pm at our main office at 125 West 18th Street, Erie, PA
  • April 6th from 1pm to 3pm at Eastside Family YMCA, 2101 Nagle Road, Erie, PA 16510
    use the link below to register or call our office at 814-455-9414

The goal of this presentation is to educate our community’s leaders, parents, grandparents and caregivers on the issue of child abuse, especially sexual abuse.

? Don’t miss out! Free training sessions for parents, grandparents, and caregivers are here! The Crime Victim Center of Erie County and Eastside Family YMCA have teamed up to bring you this crucial training. Choose from two different dates and locations for your convenience. Sign up now to join us and make a difference! Let’s work together to shine a light on child abuse, especially child sexual abuse, with Darkness to Light prevention education training. Learn how to prevent, recognize, and respond responsibly to child sexual abuse. Together, we can protect our children and create safer communities. #ChildAbusePrevention #DarknessToLight #ProtectOurChildren
You must register with the link below to attend. Certificates distributed upon completion of the 2hr program.
☕Coffee ☕ and ? donuts ?provided. This is an adult only training.


Darkness to Light Training
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Keynote Speaker: Bishop Dwane Brock


Wednesday April 10th is Pinwheel for Prevention Day – CVC staff will plant sponsored pinwheels in our flowerbed along West 18th Street.

In 2022 CVCerie provided counseling and court advocacy to nearly 250 child victims of sexual abuse, rape or incest. Help us plant a pinwheel for each of those survivors.


Sponsor Amount
Name on Pinwheel

Denim Day is Wednesday, April 24th in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The Denim Day story begins in Italy in 1992, when an 18-year old girl was raped by the 45-year old driving instructor who was taking her to her very first driving lesson. He took her to an isolated road, pulled her out of the car, removed her jeans and forcefully raped her.

She reports the rape and the perpetrator is arrested and prosecuted. He is then convicted of rape and sentenced to jail. Years later, he appealed the conviction claiming that they had consensual sex. The Italian Supreme Court overturned the conviction and the perpetrator was released. A statement from the Court argued that because the victim was wearing very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was not rape but consensual sex. This became known throughout Italy as the “jeans alibi.”

 The campaign began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped the person who raped her remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, what started as a local campaign to bring awareness to victim blaming and destructive myths that surround sexual violence has grown into a movement. As the longest running sexual violence prevention and education campaign in history, Denim Day asks community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion statement by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual violence.

You can support victims of sexual assault by donating to CVC today. 

CVC Annual Speaker Series

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