Sexual assault is a serious and widespread problem. According to recent statistics, nearly one in five women in the US have experienced rape or attempted rape at some time in their lives, and one in 67 American men have experienced rape or attempted rape. During the month of April, advocates and preventionists in the sexual violence movement raise awareness around this issue. As a sexual assault agency, we are eager to share a month of awesome awareness-raising events and projects with our communities.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month is a campaign to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. The campaign theme, I Ask, champions the message that asking for consent is a healthy, normal, and necessary part of everyday interactions. Sexual Assault Awareness Month is about more than awareness — the ultimate goal is prevention. Since consent is a clear, concrete example of what it takes to end sexual harassment, abuse, and assault, it only made sense that this year’s theme center on empowering all of us to put consent into practice. The campaign will champion the power of asking — whether it be asking to hold someone’s hand, for permission to share personal information with others, or if a partner is interested in sex. I Ask is the statement by which individuals will demonstrate that asking for consent is a healthy, normal, and necessary part of everyday interactions. I Ask is the statement by which we will uplift the importance of consent and transform it from being prescriptive to empowering.
To this end, The Haven’s community events will focus on the power of asking for consent. Below are the scheduled events and activities for the month of April:
- Kick-off Campaign: SAAM Day of Action will be on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. This nationally recognized day, hosted by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), provides an opportunity for preventionists and advocates to engage with their communities and kick-off SAAM events planned throughout April. Everyone has a role to play in ending sexual violence, and showing your support for survivors by wearing teal is one way you can embrace your voice for change. So, we are encouraging individuals, businesses and communities to wear teal on April 2nd and every Tuesday throughout the entire month of April. Encourage others to post their teal photos for our SAAM campaign on Facebook or Instagram. Make sure to use the hashtag #GeauxTeal4SAAM and tag @thehavenhelps in the post or email to Melissa Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Make A Statement: All sexual assault centers in Louisiana will observe Denim Day on April 10th. By encouraging others to wear denim on April 10th, they can show support for victims and protest against the misconceptions/myths that surround sexual assault. On April 24th, Denim Day will be observed throughout the world. Find out more about the purpose and history of Denim Day on www.denimdayinfo.org.
- Learn More About Sexual Assault: Register and attend one of the our Lunch and Learn educational events this month.
- Community Tabling Event: Come by and see us at the NSU’s Health and Wellness Resource Fair on April 16th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
- Survivor Event: To celebrate the unique strengths and resiliency of survivors, The Haven will host a private event for survivors called A Night of Creative Expression on April 23rd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The evening will encourage survivors to express their creativity through art.
- Rock Teal All Month: Wear a teal ribbon throughout the month as a sign of support for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Aside from the many awesome events we have planned, there are also a few projects you can join in on from the comfort of your home or while on the go. So whether you’re in your pajamas with a laptop or out-and-about with your smartphone, check out how you can get involved…
- Enter the SAAM Instagram Contest: The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is hosting a #30DaysofSAAM contest on Instagram. Each day in April, post a photo that reflects the day’s prompt for your chance to win a SAAM prize. Encourage your family, friends or professional contacts to take part in the national contest and show how they support the SAAM campaign. Either way, participation serves as a great way to be involved with the cause. Make sure to use the hashtag #30DaysofSAAM. Also, tag @NSVRC and @thehavenhelps in your post.
- Use Your Voice: The simplest way to participate in SAAM is to talk about it. We all have a unique role to play in prevention and changing the culture. When we reflect on and change how we think and talk about the issue of sexual violence and consent, we can create a culture of respect, equality, and safety. All of our voices have power. It’s time for everyone to find that voice and embrace it. Tell your friends, post on your social media, change your profile picture to reflect SAAM, and make an impact. Let us know how you’re taking a stand against violence via Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Your participation, support and enthusiasm will help to make each event a great success! So, get out, spread the word, and help us Paint the Town Teal!
Video Credit: © 2018 National Sexual Violence Resource Center – Founded by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
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20th Annual Spring Gala Recap
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
The 21st Annual “Home Is Where The Heart Is” Spring Gala was held on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center. Residents from the surrounding area attended the memorable charity event presented by Watkins, CPA. The event raised critical funds for the agency. The evening provided an opportunity for guests to mingle, dance, sample cuisines from neighboring restaurants, bid on a variety of silent and live auction items. The Haven truly appreciates everyone involved in making the Spring Gala a huge success. We would like to thank the Board of Directors, sponsors, restaurants, businesses, gourmet-to-go cooks, guests, and volunteers. Without you, our work could not continue.
21st Annual Spring Gala Recap
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