April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!
Each April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is observed nationally as a way to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. While one month alone is not enough time to solve the issue of sexual violence in our country, it is certainly enough time to shed a light on this topic, which has widespread effects all year long. Working together each April, and throughout the year, individuals, community members, and allies from across all walks of life may bring about real and lasting change.
Put Consent Into Practice.
This year marks the 18th Anniversary of SAAM, with the theme being “I Ask”. The campaign champions the power of asking for consent. “I Ask” is the statement used to demonstrate consent in both intimate situations, as well as more casual, everyday contact with friends and family members. In fact, consent can be used not only in face-to-face interactions, but in digital interactions as well. Consent should be a part of your daily interactions with others when you are texting or using social media. Although you aren’t talking face-to-face, you should always consider how your actions might make another person feel and ask questions if you don’t know. Practicing consent each and every day allows empowered individuals to bring about real and lasting change and may prevent sexual violence.
Take Action During Denim Day on April 24th.
On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, Someplace Safe, along with thousands of individuals and organizations across the country, will observe Denim Day to honor and support victims and survivors of sexual violence.
The campaign was originally triggered after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court, where a rape conviction was overturned due to the justices’ belief that since the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped her attacker remove them, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women of 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 about sexual violence. In fact, anyone can join the annual Denim Day movement and show support for victims of sexualized violence.
Here is how YOU can participate on April 24th:
- Wear your favorite pair of jeans to work, school, or wherever you go!
- Ask your employer to designate a casual “jeans day” on April 24th.
- Create awareness for Denim Day on social media using #denimday and post your participation photos.
- Contact your local Someplace Safe office or email email@example.com to request your Denim Day posters and stickers.
- You may also print your own materials by clicking on the following links: info sheet participant poster
Participate in the “Dollars for Denim" Campaign
You may also choose support Someplace Safe and local survivors by coordinating a “Dollars for Denim” collection at your
place of employment, school, or within your group of friends. To participate, simply pledge a few dollars for the “privilege” of wearing denim on April 24th. Then drop off or mail your group’s “Dollars for Denim” pledges to your local Someplace Safe office at any time. You may also send your pledges to: Someplace Safe, P.O. Box 815, Fergus Falls, MN56538-0815.
Please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for your “Dollars for Denim” pledge packet and materials.
For more information, and to learn more about Denim Day, visit www.denimday.info. For additional information about SAAM or the “I Ask” Campaign visit www.someplacesafe.info or www.nsvrc.org.
Spring Has Sprung!
It is a great time of year to get involved in your community.
Support survivors of sexual violence by joining Someplace Safe at event in your community this Spring! For more information and a listing local events visit https://www.someplacesafe.info/events/calendar.html.
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