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4/2/2018: Sexual Assault Awareness Month; Public Art Week; Cole Pepper

Monday on First Coast Connect we commemorated the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month with Women’s Center of Jacksonville Executive Director Teresa Miles and Board President Lise Everly (01:03).

We marked Public Art Week in Jacksonville with Director of Art in Public Places Christie Holechek and Patrick Fisher with the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville (32:53).

Cole Pepper talked about Monday night’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship and the latest sports news (46:00).     

Sexual Assault Awareness Week

April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month since 2001. In 2010, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation making it official. President Donald Trump has also adhered to the proclamation since taking office.

Across the country, organizations are doing what they can to raise awareness and bring assistance to those who’ve been targeted by sexual assault.

Public Art Week

This week marks Public Art Week in Jacksonville. It’s a week of showing off the city’s growing collection of public art and explaining its importance.

This year’s theme is Building a Better Community.

Cole Pepper

It’s Michigan vs Villanova Monday night for the NCAA basketball championship. The Jaguars pulled off an April Fools Day joke on Sunday with a fake leak of the new uniforms. The real new uniforms will be revealed April 19, when updated plans for The Shipyards and the Lot J Fan Entertainment Zone will are also expected to be revealed..

The Women’s national soccer team will take on Mexico Thursday at TIAA Bank Field (formerly EverBank Field).

Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax.

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.