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DASACC receives proclamation at Warren County Commission meeting

WARREN COUNTY, NJ – April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the Warren County Board of County Commissioners recognized this, in part, by granting a proclamation to the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Warren County NJ (DASACC) for its dedication to promoting awareness and prevention of sexual abuse.

“DASACC is such an important organization in Warren County; unfortunately, this is a prevailing issue,” said Commissioner Jason J. Sarnoski.

The proclamation stated that in 2022, DASACC of Warren County provided services to more than 91 survivors of sexual assault, and facilitated 771 sessions of counseling, advocacy and support. Survivors of sexual assault are often impacted by physical injuries, psychological effects, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The impact of sexual assault is a national health crisis that affects the survivor, family, friends, and the community at large.

Commissioner Deputy Director James R. Kern III said one of the first people he met upon becoming an elected official was Jill Zinckgraf, Executive Director of DASACC. The organization’s work truly opened his eyes to the prevalence of this problem. “Rich or poor, urban or rural, it’s everywhere,” Kern said.

Commissioner Director Lori Ciesla agreed, saying, “Unfortunately, it’s usually those who are supposed to love us the most that end up hurting us the most.”

On a more positive note, Zinckgraf said, “Here’s the good news: sexual assault and domestic violence is 100 percent preventable.”

The Commissioners also presented Zinckgraf with a Certificate of Merit honoring her 10 years leading the agency, as she will be departing as Executive Director in the coming month.

“Jill really made it a household name. We’re sad she’s leaving,” Ciesla said.

“She’s done so much, and really made a change in a positive way,” Sarnoski said.

“Thank you for all you’ve done for Warren County,” Kern said.

The organization will continue its mission and outreach, with a number of upcoming events, such as Denim Day and A Night at the Races. To learn more, visit

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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