April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! This annual campaign strives to raise community awareness about sexual violence and to educate on means of prevention as well as ways to support victim/survivors. YWCA Lancaster is proud to partner with the Pennsylvania Coalition to Advance Respect (PCAR) to provide resources and ways to get involved throughout April and year-round!
YWCA Lancaster’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center (SAPCC) is Lancaster County’s designated rape crisis center per the Pennsylvania Coalition to Advance Respect (PCAR).
SAPCC provides therapy, counseling, support groups, resources for trafficking victims, medical advocacy, legal advocacy, and a 24-hour rape crisis hotline at no cost for victim survivors, significant others, and community members.
Services also include prevention and education workshops and series that address cultural norms that contribute to sexual abuse, harassment, and assault.
Ways to Get Involved
Adult Survivor Gathering
On the first Monday of each month, YWCA Lancaster’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center will be hosting a gathering for any adults who have experienced sexual assault. Join us for a special Sexual Assault Awareness Month Adult Survivor Gathering on Monday, April 1st, 7-8pm.
This gathering is intended to provide survivors with a safe space to connect with peers who have shared experiences.
Clothing & Comfort Drive
YWCA Lancaster is accepting monetary donations and NEW clothing or comfort items throughout April to support victim survivors of sexual abuse receiving medical care at local hospitals.
Donations can be dropped off at the front desk of YWCA Lancaster from 8am-5pm.
110 N. Lime St. Lancaster, PA 17602
Breaking Silence - Open Mic Night
Uplift the voices of our community on the impact of sexual harassment, abuse, and assault and share your own work!
April 5th, 6:30pm – 8pm
Read Rose Books
23 N Prince St. Lancaster, PA
No registration necessary.
Sign-ups are available at the event.
For event inquiries, contact Theo Brown (they/them)
April 7, 11am-2pm
Enjoy baked goods from local vendors, family fun, and more in Columbia, PA. All proceeds support services for victim survivors.
Columbia Market House
15 S. 3rd St. Columbia, PA 17512
Crepes, Coffee, and Care
April 12th from 8am-5pm,
A portion of each check at Rachel’s Creperie at both locations will be donated to our Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center, continuing a long-standing tradition. Thank you to Rachel’s for their support throughout the years!
Our Voices, Our Choices - Children's Book Readings
Join us at locations across the County for book readings about personal safety, boundaries, and loving yourself!
“Little Unicorn” by Aurélie Chien Chow Chine
Wednesday, April 10th, 10:30AM
Lancaster Public Library
“Same Love, Different Hug”
by Sarah Hovorka
Sunday, April 21st, 11:00AM
by Christian Robinson
Wednesday, April 25th, 3:30PM
Our Voices, Our Choices - Adult Discussion
Join us at Pocket Books for an in-depth book discussion!
“Ducks” by Kate Beaton
Thursdsay, April 18th