Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAM). Each year during SAAM, The Center collaborates with our community partners on a number of events to honor survivors, raise awareness, and educate the community about how to prevent sexual assault.
NO MORE DO MORE
The Center has joined with the national NO MORE campaign to start the conversation about how together, we can prevent sexual violence in our community. It is no longer enough to just raise awareness of the terrible toll of sexual assault; rather, it is time to actively work on preventing this violence. It is time to DO MORE.
In both Kentucky and Indiana, more than 1 in 5 women have experienced sexual violence involving rape. Nearly 1 in 2 women in both states have experienced sexual violence in some form other than rape. Almost 1 in 5 men in Kentucky and more than 1 in 4 men in Indiana have experienced sexual violence at some point in their lifetime. Together, we can put an end to this if we not only know more, but also DO MORE.
DENIM DAY IN THE USA is a campaign that raises community awareness about the devastating impacts of sexual violence and how to prevent it.
THE HISTORY: In 1992, an 18-year-old in Italy was raped by her driving instructor. She pressed charges and won her case, but the instructor appealed and the case went to the Italian High Court.
In 1999, the court overturned the conviction with a member of the High Court declaring that since the victim wore very tight jeans, the instructor could not have removed them himself; therefore, the victim must have willingly participated. Women of the Italian legislature protested the decision by wearing jeans. As news of the decision spread, so did the protest.
Today, all around the world, organizations coordinate community-wide Denim Days to show support of survivors and raise awareness about the crimes of sexual assault.
Do you think your classmates or coworkers could benefit from a session about violence prevention? What about learning how to identify signs of abuse? Would you know what to do if you thought someone needed help?
The Center offers educational workshops designed for different groups, ranging from school aged children to people even working in social services and law enforcement. Everyone can benefit from learning about violence prevention. The best way to fight violence is with knowledge! To inquire about training and educational opportunities, click here.
The Center can always supply resource materials to schools, workplaces, and medical facilities. We have brochures about how to connect with our services, what to do if you need help, how to stay safe, and what to do if you suspect a loved one is in an unsafe situation. To request information and brochures, please click here
Have a fundraiser to benefit a local crisis center! This could be a bake sale, a dress down day, a donation jar, or simply offering a personal donation. All of the services that people receive at The Center are FREE of charge. This is fantastic because it means if a family is fleeing an unsafe situation, if a person needs a medical exam after an assault, or wants counseling, they don’t have to worry about paying for it. The work that The Center does greatly relies on community partners and donors. You can support survivors of sexual violence by donating in honor of SAAM! click here to donate now.
Share information and graphics from the NO MORE campaign on social media. Showing your support of the campaign is a great way to raise awareness and stand in solidarity with survivors.
Challenge three people you know to post empowering messages for survivors of sexual assault on social media, and then keep the challenge going! If we create an interconnected community dedicated to ending violence, our world becomes a much better place.
Some example messages include:
“I believe survivors of sexual violence.”
“There is never an excuse for sexual assault.”
“No one ever deserves it.”
“I’m speaking up for people who are afraid.”
“Everyone deserves to feel safe.”
“It’s on us. No more excuses. We can do more.”
You can also accompany your message with any of the NO MORE campaign images and include any or all of the following hashtags:
We want to remind you to respect the privacy of survivors. Please do not disclose any of their experiences publicly. If you are a survivor and you feel comfortable sharing your story, thank you for choosing to do so! Your voice can be so powerful to those who hear it.