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Planned Parenthood launches new sex ed chatbot

April 4, 2019 • rochesterfirst.com

Planned Parenthood has released a new sexual health app to help teens get answers to question they might not be normally comfortable asking.

The Roo sexual health chatbot is a first of its kind website that is available 24-7 for teens. It is designed for 13 to 17 year olds but can be used by anyone with questions about sexual and reproductive health.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

Restore flags at Main and Ellicott to recognize victims of sexual assault

April 1, 2019 • The Batavian

Hannah Kujawski, education and outreach coordinator for Restore Sexual Assault Services, places a small flag in the ground outside the County Courthouse at Main Street and Ellicott Street, Batavia.

Kujawski and two other people from Restore planted 720 flags in the grass, one each to represent the 720 victims of sexual assault daily in the United States.

Restore, which provides a number of programs to assist the victims of sexual assault, is a service of Planned Parenthood.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

RESTORE marking Sexual Assault Awareness Month

March 22, 2019 • County News

RESTORE Sexual Assault Services is widening its reach for the program’s fifth annual region-wide campaign for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Because of the substantial shift in national conversations about supporting survivors, more attention is focused on agencies serving those affected by sexual violence, including RESTORE, a program of Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

RESTORE: Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2019

March 21, 2019 • Country Courier

RESTORE Sexual Assault Services is widening its reach for the program’s fifth annual region-wide campaign for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Because of the substantial shift in national conversations about supporting survivors, more attention is focused on agencies serving those impacted by sexual violence, including RESTORE—a program of Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York. In the past year, RESTORE has added staff positions, office space and ways to raise awareness.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

Governor Cuomo Announces Expansion of Support Program for Incarcerated Victims of Sexual Abuse

March 19, 2019 • www.governor.ny.gov

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the state's domestic and sexual violence hotline is now available to incarcerated individuals throughout the state prison system, providing crisis counseling, as well as access to support, additional counseling and advocacy for individuals who are victims of sexual assault or harassment. With this implementation, New York has the most comprehensive victim support program available to survivors of sexual victimization in any state prison system in the nation. 

Jessica George, PREA Outreach and Education Specialist at RESTORE, said, "Though much work has been done to highlight the problem of sexual assault in our communities, the voices of incarcerated survivors of sexual assault have often been overlooked."

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul discusses women’s rights at UB

March 18, 2019 • UB Spectrum

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul discussed the importance of gender equality and representation and mentioned UB women’s basketball head coach Felisha Legette-Jack during her brief visit to UB on Friday.

Reine Hauser, Director of Advancement for Erie and Niagara counties’ Planned Parenthood, said she is glad to see the governor protect women’s rights. “We're gratified with the governor's support of all these issues,” Hauser said.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

Planned Parenthood creates chatbot to answer questions about sex

March 8, 2019 • WHEC

For some parents, having "the talk" with teens about sex can be difficult. Planned Parenthood has created a tool to help.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

Abortion conflict flares up in Batavia 

Feb. 18, 2019 • CITY Newspaper

But one of the fiercest conflicts has been over a woman’s right to safe, legal abortion. And right now, it’s flaring up in the City of Batavia, where officials are deliberating a resident’s request that they send a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo opposing new state laws around abortion.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

Batavia City Council Meeting Has Big Turn Out

Feb. 11, 2019 • rochesterfirst.com

More than a hundred people turned out to Batavia's city council meeting tonight to urge councilors to write and send a letter in opposition to Governor Cuomo's reproductive health act, an abortion rights bill.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

Press Releases

Dr. Willie J. Parker to join PPCWNY Medical Director Dr. Rachael Phelps to speak at Planned Parenthood Annual Reception

Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York (PPCWNY) will host its annual fall reception and VIP Dinner on Tuesday, September 26, featuring Dr. Willie Parker, MD, MPH, MSc, a reproductive justice advocate who is a self-proclaimed Southern Christian Abortion Provider in Alabama and Georgia.

Sept. 7, 2017 • New York