It’s officially Denim Day in Broward County, as Commissioners and county employees wear denim in recognition of April being designated as Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Commissioner Nan Rich presented proclamations to a number of county agencies and organizations who assist victims of sexual violence and child abuse. The goal is to bring awareness to the problem and promote access to available county services. Broward County’s Nancy J. Cotterman Center assisted 4,000 victims of abuse in 2016 alone.

“Prevention is possible by increasing awareness, educating our community, supporting survivors, and shattering stigmas surrounding sexual violence,” said Commissioner Rich.

Broward County, the State Attorney’s Office, and the Broward Sheriff’s Office founded the Nancy J. Cotterman Center in 1977 – now in its fortieth year – to ensure 24/7 availability of services and justice for victims of sexual violence and child abuse and their family members. The Child Abuse Coordination Committee and the Sexual Assault Response Team were established to address the systemic issues related to these crimes through a multi-disciplinary approach.

Recipients of the proclamation include the Nancy J. Cotterman Center staff and its partners and stakeholders: the Broward Sheriff’s Office-Child Protective Investigations Section, Law Enforcement, State Attorney’s Office, Office of the Attorney General, Guardian Ad Litem, and Friends of NJCC Board.