With July 4 falling on a Tuesday, many of us hope to take a four-day weekend. That means the deadlines at U.S. 1. will be two days earlier than usual. For instance, classified ads need to be in our office by noon on Friday, June 30. Send your events listings by the end of the day on Wednesday, June 28. For display advertising deadlines, contact an ad representative. And enjoy the fireworks!

Letters to the Editor

Sexual abuse is a crime of epidemic proportions. It affects everyone. The FBI estimates that one in three women and one in ten men will be raped in their lifetimes. Of these assaults, at least 80 percent are committed by someone the victim/survivor knows. In New Jersey, over 1,300 sexual assaults were reported to law enforcement in 2004. In Mercer County in 2005, Womanspace provided 100 sexual assault victims with crisis intervention and support. Crisis counseling was provided to 281 hotline callers in the same year as well.

Through the Project SAFE (Safety Assessments for Everyone) initiative, a collaboration with Children’s Futures funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we observed Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April with staff and volunteer trainings on rape trauma, Sexual Assault Response Team services, and legal options available for victims and their significant others. Resources and informational materials were also provided for clients at Children’s Futures parent-child centers.

Sadly, at Womanspace we also know that there will be more victims of sexual assault hoping to be believed, needing comfort and searching for an end to the pain. If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, or for more information on Sexual Assault Support Services, contact Womanspace at 609-394-9000. Confidential help is available for victims, family members and friends 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Patricia M. Hart

Executive Director, Womanspace.

On June 7, the Arts Council of Princeton celebrated the publication of the 18th edition of Under Age, an annual anthology of poetry, prose, and artwork by students in grades K through 12.

The Arts Council would like to thank our literary editor, Adele Bourne, our art editor and coordinator, Janna McLeod, our designer Jesse Kirsch, Princeton University for the room to celebrate this occasion, Micawber Books for decorating the store window with the artwork from Under Age and selling copies, Karen Childs from the Village Bakery in Lawrenceville, and Janssen Pharmaceutica and our other supporters: Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, the J. Seward Johnson Sr. 1963 Charitable Trust, and all the following individual sponsors: Drinker Biddle & Reath, Freeman and Imme Dyson, The Frame Smith Gallery, Doretta Gallucci, Peter and Lilian Grosz, Edmund and Mary Keeley, Linda R. Levy, Ingrid and Marvin Reed, Raymond J. Stratmeyer, and Daniel and Dianne Tully.

Michael LaRiccia

Arts Council of Princeton

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