April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS SHARE STORIES IN PHOTO EXHIBIT

Catholic Charities Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Program April Activities Recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

(Council Bluffs, IA) Catholic Charities Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Program will hold a series of events throughout April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Events include community awareness displays, service provider training, and prevention activities.

  • AWARENESS: The Survivor Statements awareness project is a collective display of black and white photographs with survivors’ statements in their own words. These are the real stories voluntarily submitted by sexual abuse survivors from our nine-county service area. Survivors have expressed that this project’s participation has been an “empowering experience,” and they want other survivors to know that they are not alone.
  • For more information about these activities, please contact Carrie Potter, Sexual Assault Coordinator, at 712-256-2059 ext. 104 or: cpotter@catholiccharitiesdm.org.
    Survivor Statements will be on display throughout April at the following locations: Iowa Western Community College Student Center, Council Bluffs Mercy CHI Hospital Lobby, CHI Missouri Valley, Fremont County Courthouse, Mills County Courthouse, Audubon County Courthouse. ONLINE VIDEO: https://youtu.be/SndQR_lZyWo

  • PREVENTION: High schools participating in the MVP (Mentors in Violence Prevention) program through Catholic Charities will be watching videos that depict scenarios related to sexual assault and harassment. The popular ABC show “What Would You Do?” hosted by John Quinones will be used to start conversations about how to safely be an active bystander when you witness situations that may involve abuse or harassment.

  • TRAINING: An online training will be held April 22 to current and potential community partners called Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (DV/SA) Services: Serving the LGBTQ Community. The presentation will highlight the particular challenges and increasing need of abuse survivors within the LGBTQ community.

About Catholic Charities Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Program

Catholic Charities Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Program provides domestic violence and sexual abuse services to anyone faced with abuse and human trafficking through a 24-hour emergency shelter and crisis phone line, court advocacy, educational groups, and through outreach to under-served populations in nine counties surrounding Council Bluffs in southwest Iowa, including; Audubon, Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, and Shelby. The shelter provides safe, confidential living for up to eight families at a time. For more information, visit catholiccharitiesdm.org/our-services/domestic-violence-shelter/ or call
24/7 Crisis Line at 712-328-0266 or toll free 1-888-612-0266

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