Debate over a recent sexual assault in Saratoga and the city’s response to the attack has been underway throughout the city for the past few weeks.
In response to that debate, Saratoga Wire is hosting a Community Forum on Wednesday, December 5th, from 7-9pm, in the Music Hall on the third floor of City Hall.
“It’s our hope,” says Saratoga Wire Managing Editor Dale Willman, “that this forum can help begin the healing process in the community around this issue.
By bringing together the police, representatives of groups that deal with sexual and domestic violence, and members of the community, we want to have a conversation that can lead to awareness and understanding, rather than anger.”
A number of groups and individuals have agreed to attend, including Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen, Police Chief Christopher Cole, and Maggie Fronk of Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County. Representatives from Saratoga Hospital’s emergency room have also been invited, and a representative from the Saratoga County District Attorney’s office will also take part in the conversation.
In addition, groups working on this issue have been offered the opportunity to have information tables set up and representatives available to answer questions.
For those who cannot make it to the event, Saratoga Wire will be streaming it live on its website, and will also provide an audio recording after the event is finished.
In addition to the forum, a series of articles will run this week on Saratoga Wire looking at the issue of sexual assault, beginning Tuesday morning.
The public is encouraged to attend Wednesday's forum.
Saratoga Wire and the Saratoga Department of Public Safety is sponsoring this event, with the help of media partner Saratoga.Com. Audio is being provided by Dancin Time DJ Service.
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