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Embrace Your Voice

Challenge yourself to speak out about sexual assault and violence.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) April 2018 Campaign

This year, SAAM is celebrating its 17th anniversary with the theme “Embrace Your Voice” to encourage and inform a wider audience on how they can take action to promote safety, respect, and equality to stop sexual violence before it happens. The campaign focuses on the following (To read the event details, please go to The National Sexual Violence Resource Center www.nsvrc.org)

  • How you talk about sexual violence matters.
  • What influences your beliefs about sexual violence?
  • How your Words affect others
  • What can you do?
  • You can become an agent of change

To commemorate SAAM, Catholic Charities Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program is participating in a variety of activities and events to promote awareness and educate the community about sexual assault.

Survivors Statement Project:

One of the awareness events we are organizing this year is the “Survivor Statement Project” which is a collective display of black and white photographs with survivors’ statements in their own words. These are powerful real stories and real voices from sexual abuse survivors of our southwest Iowa community.

The Survivor Statements will be displayed during April with month long exhibits at the following locations:

  • Council Bluffs: Iowa Western Community College, student center
  • Council Bluffs: CHI Mercy Hospital
  • Missouri Valley: CHI Health Missouri Valley Hospital
  • Audubon: Audubon County Memorial Hospital
  • Atlantic: Cass County Courthouse

To see the PSA of our Survivor Statement Project follow this link: https://youtu.be/qc9KxWl2z2M

Stickers for a Cause

Informational decals, shown below, will be placed in area restrooms in an effort to debunk some myths and raise awareness regarding sexual assault.  Please contact Carrie Potter, cpotter@catholiccharitiesdm.org  if you would like to display some in your favorite establishment.

SA Sticker 2 SA Sticker 1