As we pass the half-way point of Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2019, we are inspired by our community and the survivors who we have connected with over these past two weeks.
Community and connection are critical components for healing. As humans, we need others as sources of support, companionship, and friendship. We also recognize that when someone has experienced trauma: relationships, intimacy, and sense of community are impacted. During the healing process, we are in the process of building a new life and re-educating on what feels comfortable, brave and empowering in relationships.
Every April the Rape Recovery Center participates in Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a nationwide effort to raise our collective consciousness around issues of sexual violence. This year, we are excited to offer a wide range of events to uplift consent and empower our communities. With offerings ranging from our Youth Art and Activism Contest, our Annual Let’s Get Consensual Bar Hop, and our Embodied through Movement workshop, we hope you will find something on our SAAM calendar that inspired you!
This SAAM we have 12 partner organizations; small and large, with diverse missions. Whether we are working with one of the three bars that are part of our Let’s Get Consensual Bar Hop or Full Circle Yoga who is hosting our Embodied Art and Movement Event. They all have one thing in common that they are standing with us to empower our communities. We are humbled to see that in a time where we are seeing an unprecedented increase in reporting and a 42% increase in our education requests, that survivors are not alone!
The Rape Recovery Center partnered with the Miriam Flores for our 2019 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign. This years national theme was “I ask” or “Yo Pregunto”. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center announced this theme stating,“ Sexual Assault Awareness Month is about more than awareness — the ultimate goal is prevention.