Saturday, April 3, 2010

Speak Out Saturday (2)-Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 1 is best known for being April Fool's Day.  For some, April 1 is not just one important day but the start of an important month.  April is designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Many agencies/programs/community groups spend April spreading awareness about sexual violence.  I work for a rape crisis center, and we're working to do that as well.  In the past, we've held special events, but budget cuts and limited manpower have prevented us from doing that this year.  Instead, we've focused on getting information out to local businesses, using local media to our advantage, and reaching out to as many people as possible.  We'll be doing this for ALL of April rather than holding an event for one day of April.

On Thursday, I attended our county commissioners meeting with my co-workers to have a proclamation read declaring April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in our county.  But this isn't just a local thing.  The President even read a proclamation on Thursday recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Sexual violence is all around us, whether we  like it or not.  The only way to change that is to begin talking about it.  Remaining silent gives perpetrators power.

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