This April, the national Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign, as presented by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, will focus on the theme Embrace Your Voice.
Following this, Avalon has chosen the theme Together Our Voices Are Powerful to recognize the unique role we all play in prevention and changing the culture. Over the past few years of high profile cases we have witnessed and experienced how social and systemic change can happen when survivors and their allies speak out and stand together. However, as powerful as #StartByBelieving, #MeToo, and #NoMore have proven to be, we know that not everyone is safe to speak out against sexualized violence/abuse. When we reflect on and change how we think and talk about the issue of sexualized violence and consent, we can create a culture of respect, equality, and safety. All of our voices have power. It’s time for everyone to find that voice and embrace it.
Want to know more about SAAM and how to get involved? Stay tuned to our Facebook page and our website for an up-to-date calendar of events going on in HRM all month and start the conversation in your own circles!
Together Our Voices Are Powerful: Campaigns and Events
Wednesday April 4, 2018
Start By Believing Day
Friday April 6 – Sunday April 8, 2018
You’re Invited! Avalon will be set up in the Southwest Reading Lounge (first floor – turn left) of the Halifax Central Library all weekend – come check out our collaborative community art piece and add your contribution!
Saturday April 21, 2018
Local artists (Makayla Lynn, T. Thomason, Emily Stuart, Jodi Guthro, and Neon Dreams) are coming together to take a stand against sexual assault and fundraise for Avalon! Together Our Voices Are Powerful will be a night of song and a way to show collective resilience. The event is being held at St. Matthew’s Church on Barrington St. and will be emceed by writer and broadcaster Stephanie Domet. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online through Eventbrite.
Wednesday April 25, 2018
Denim Day – Wear denim, raise awareness, and support survivors. By becoming a Dollars for Denim Fundraiser, you can raise essential funds in support of prevention education and services for survivors. Make a social statement with your denim and collect donations for Avalon on Denim Day! Visit here to find out how to get involved.
Three More Ways You Can Get Involved During SAAM
- Host a Self Care Crafternoon or event in your community. Send details to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in a list of events.
- Chalk supportive and empowering messages on the streets and sidewalks in your community. This is a creative demonstration of solidarity to survivors and reminds community members to #StartByBelieving. Send us your photos!
- Support your local sexual assault centre. Fundraise for or make a donation to Avalon. Visit here to learn more.
Your efforts are important and necessary. Together, we can create safe and equitable communities where every person is treated with respect.
To find out more about Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the National Sexual Violence Resource Centre check out https://www.nsvrc.org/saam