April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

Speaking Up to Violence

by Heather M. Lancaster, Sanctuary Inc., Executive Director

A month-long campaign in April, planned and organized by Sanctuary, Inc., will increase awareness to sexual assault prevention. This month, communities in Sanctuary's 9-county service areas are encouraged to participate in various activities connected to ending sexual violence.

#TimesUp...#MeToo. Perhaps, you’re familiar with the millions of women and men who have joined the national movement to end sexual violence across the globe. Individuals everywhere are banding together and sharing their voice to end the violence at home, in the workplace, etc. It's about time.

What we know and understand about sexual assault can be the catalyst for positive change and how we work to better support victims, survivors and their families. According to national statistics, one in three women and one in six men experiences some form of sexual violence in their lifetime and in the United States, one sexual assault occurs every 107 seconds.  Sexual assault can take many forms; it does not stereotype. It's not something that only occurs "over there" or to "those people." Everyday sexual assault happens in our community, neighborhoods, homes and schools. With this information, we have a better idea where we can start with change. 

A breakthrough made in recent KY legislation has made vast improvement in protections made for our adolescents.  House Bill 101, “Jenna’s Law,” was signed into law on March 30, providing protections for 16-17 year-olds from those who are least 10 years older. Thank you to our lawmakers for speaking up to sexual assault and their work to seek justice for victims. 

It doesn't take a movement or state representative to make a difference. Anyone can commit their voice to stand up to victim blaming, shut down rape jokes, correct harmful misconceptions, promote everyday consent, and practice healthy communications with children.

Please join Sanctuary, Inc. in the following planned activities. For more information on how you can participate, please contact Sanctuary, Inc. at 270-885-4567.

April 4- Wear Teal Day 

April 9- Proclamation Signing 12:00P at PADD, Hammond Drive in Hopkinsville, KY 

April 11- Chalk the Walk

April 25- Jean Day

 

Source: Statistics shared by National Sexual Violence Resource Center