Sexual Assault Awareness Month is a campaign to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. In the U.S. alone, nearly one in five women and one in 67 men have been raped at some time in their lives. One in six boys and one in four girls is sexually abused before the age of 18.
2021 marks the twentieth anniversary of SAAM, and the theme of this year’s campaign is “We Can Build Safe Online Spaces.” The campaign calls on us to create online spaces that are built on the foundational values of practicing consent, keeping kids safe, and supporting survivors. Learn more from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center at https://www.nsvrc.org/saam/2021/about/onlineabuseandtrauma
Denim Day On April 28, 2021, millions of people across the world will wear jeans with a purpose, support survivors, and educate themselves and others about all forms of sexual violence. For the past 22 years, Peace Over Violence has run an inspiring and powerful opportunity to practice solidarity and support survivors by renewing our commitment to exposing harmful behaviors and attitudes surrounding sexual violence. Denim Day is a campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The campaign began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped the person who raped her remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, what started as a local campaign to bring awareness to victim blaming and destructive myths that surround sexual violence has grown into a movement. As the longest running sexual violence prevention and education campaign in history, Denim Day asks community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion statement by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual violence.
Tune in to Party Line at KBOW 550 AM & 101.5 FM on April 12th at 1:30 to hear advocates speak about Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Safe Space is planning a garage sale! All proceeds will benefit survivors of Safe Space. Stay tuned to learn more about this sale and when it will take place!
Check out some of our local coffee shops representing Safe Space! Thank you so much to the following businesses for using our SAAM coffee sleeves: Oro Fino Coffee Java Junction Mountain View Coffee and coming soon... The Humble Bean