April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month – a time to raise awareness about the prevalence of sexual assault in our community.
Sexual assault is one form of sexual violence. Sexual violence occurs when one or more person forces or manipulates someone else into any unwanted act of sexual nature either physical or non-physical without their consent. It can happen to anyone of any age or gender and happens in all communities. Sexual violence includes but is not limited to sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sexual exploitation.
Survivor’s Hope is acknowledging Sexual Assault Awareness Month through several activities throughout the month including:
- Day of Action – Tuesday, April 6, 2021 – Wear teal to show your support for survivors of sexual violence.
- Denim Day – Wednesday, April 28, 2021 – Wear denim to take a stand against victim-blaming.
- I’m Here for Your Cards – We created a series of cards that loved one’s can give (either in person or virtually) to survivors of sexual violence to let them know that a loved one is available to provide support.
- Shifting from Stigma to Support: An Introduction to Trauma and Substance Use – Online Seminar – Manitoba Harm Reduction and Survivor’s Hope Crisis Centre are providing an online seminar exploring the connections between trauma including sexual assault trauma and substance use through a harm reduction lens.
For more information regarding SAAM and the activities we have planned check out our SAAM page.
As always, Survivor’s Hope Crisis Centre is here to offer hope and healing through support and education for individuals who lives have been impact by sexual violence in the Interlake Eastern Region of Manitoba. Through our SARAH program
- 24/7 support is available for those who have just experienced sexual violence through local hospitals and RCMP detachments.
- Free individual counselling is also available for those 16 years and older who has experience sexual violence.
For more information regarding our SARAH program check out our SARAH page.