Area residents are being asked to Start by Believing. That's the title of a national campaign in April to raise public awareness about sexual assault.Last year in Forsyth County, there were 204 reported cases of sexual assault including rape, statutory rape and molestation. Down slightly from 2011. Family Services, Inc. is participating. According to DeWanna Hamlin, Coordinator of Prevention and Education,family, friends and co-workers are often the first people in whom survivors confide. So Hamlin recommends people can be supportive by being sensitive.
Many are watching to see if the Stokes County School Board will eliminate Christian prayer from its meetings and events. Americans United for Separation of Church and State accuses the public school system of violating the constitutional rights of students by including prayers at school board meetings and graduation ceremonies. Last month, the group sent a letter to the school board on behalf of a Stokes County parent complaining about this practice.