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Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is observed each April. SAAM is held to raise awareness regarding sexual violence, as well as offer prevention education. Just how widespread is sexual violence in our country? Every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted. In fact, 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape. Additionally, 1 in 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. (Source: www.rainn.org/statistics/victims-sexual-violence). In the past year, Someplace Safe assisted nearly 350 adult and child victims of sexual violence, exploitation, or sex trafficking.
Knowing this, what can we do? How can sexual violence be prevented? Changing the “norms” that foster a sexually violent culture is just one way this may be accomplished. Changing the culture is possible when we work together, engage new voices, and rally allies.
How can you help? Create change in your community by simply making these small changes in your life, and inspiring others to do the same:
• Building healthy and supportive relationships;
• speaking up when you hear harmful comments;
• creating supportive policies in workplaces/schools; and,
• spreading the word on social media.
Together, we use our collective voices to engage new voices, change the culture, and prevent sexual assault.
If you or someone you know is the victim of sexual assault or another crime, please contact your local Someplace Safe office, or call 1-800-974-3359. For additional information and resources for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, please visit: www.nsvrc.org.
DENIM DAY 2017
On April 26, 2017, Someplace Safe, along with thousands of individuals and organizations across the country, will observe Denim Day during Sexual Assault Awareness Month as a way to honor and support victims and survivors of sexual violence.
So, what is Denim Day? Denim Day began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court, where a rape conviction was overturned because the Justices felt since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her attacker remove them, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol against the misconceptions of sexual violence.
The great news is that ANYONE can participate in Denim Day on April 26th!
- Participating is as easy as wearing jeans to work, school, or wherever you go on April 26, 2017 as a visible symbol of support for survivors of sexual violence.
- You may also choose to support local victims and survivors by pledging dollars for the “privilege” of wearing jeans to work, school, and everywhere you go on Denim Day. You may collect “Dollars for Denim” pledges at work, school, or within your group. Pledges may be mailed or dropped off at your local Someplace Safe office, or mailed to: Someplace Safe, P.O. Box 815, Fergus Falls, MN 56538-0815.
- Feel free to contact your local Someplace Safe office or email@example.com to request stickers and posters to help spread the word about Denim Day and serve as a great conversation starter for friends, family, colleagues, and classmates to discuss Denim Day and the reason behind it.
- You may also show your support by coordinating a collection of personal care items within your school, group, or place of employment. Items such as shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, diapers, wipes, etc. are frequently needed by survivors in our local communities.
No matter how you plan to participate in Denim Day this year, we hope you will help us spread the word on social media and remember to post your #denimday participation photos on April 26, 2017.
To request Denim Day materials, please contact your local Someplace Safe office or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or click on the images to the left to print your own Denim Day posters!
Support local survivors of sexual violence by joining Someplace Safe at an awareness event or fundraiser in your community this Spring! For more information on awareness events and fundraisers in your community, visit www.someplacesafe.info/events or click HERE for a printable schedule of events.