A Status of Women report from the Women's Foundation shows that one third of Minnesota women are sexually assaulted in their lifetime and two local groups are working together to try and reduce that number and keep the community informed of heir progress.
Winona County last June was one of two communities in the state to receive funding through a two-year crime prevention "Champion Community" 30-thousand dollar grant to implement primary prevention activities in the community.
The Winona County Sexual and Domestic Violence Primary Prevention Project and Beyond Tough Guise have been focusing their energy toward developing community action plans and policy change at the local city, county, school, board and religious council boards.
The Winona County Champion Community Work Group will release its work plan and collaborate with others in the county who want to see change.
A community-wide needs asessment was the first step in developing community strategies.