April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is our campaign to address sexual violence and promote the prevention of sexual violence in our community. YWCA Lancaster is hosting numerous events throughout the month with proceeds benefitting the YWCA Lancaster Sexual Assault Prevention & Counseling Center (SAPCC)

An Evening with Matthew Sandusky

The Ware Center

Friday, April 6, 2018, 7 p.m.

The Resilient Soul

Matthew shares his personal and powerful story of overcoming sexual abuse as a child. This program will empower the audience with knowledge about the grooming process as well as telltale signs of abusers and those being abused.

Matthew Sandusky is the adopted son of Jerry Sandusky, the subject of one of the most publicized child sexual abuse cases in history. Matthew recently published his memoir, Undaunted and hopes that it will motivate others to prevent child sexual abuse and create a safe society for survivors to heal.

Tickets may be purchased online at artsMU.com, by calling 717-871-7600, or in person at the Student Memorial Center Ticket Office (Room 103, 21 S. George St., Millersville), or at the Ware Center (42 N. Prince St., Lancaster). The Student Memorial Center ticket office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Ware Center box office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale at the door beginning one (1) hour prior to showtime at the venue; subject to availability.  Early reservations are strongly encouraged!

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Blackbird at The Fulton

The Fulton Theatre

April 3 – 22, 2018

YWCA Lancaster’s Sexual Assault & Prevention Counseling Center (SAPCC) is partnering with the Fulton Theatre for their production of Blackbird! As Lancaster County’s designated rape crisis center, SAPCC counselors are specifically trained to work in the area of trauma with those who have experienced sexual violence, as well as their loved ones. Immediately following every performance of Blackbird, a trained sexual assault counselor and educator will facilitate a brief talk back to assist patrons in processing the themes of the play.

An explosive Tony® Award-winning drama about confronting the past. Fifteen years after a forbidden relationship between Ray, then 40, and Una, then 12, ended, she shows up unannounced at his office door. He becomes unhinged and she is ready to take back her power. Raw emotions ignite and their lives are forever changed as they are both forced to face their personal demons.

Tickets available at The Fulton Theatre Box Office or by calling (717) 397-7425

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Splits and Giggles Fundraiser

500 W Lemon St, Lancaster, PA 17603

Sunday, April 8, 2018, 12 – 9 p.m.

20% of the proceeds of the day from Splits & Giggles go to YWCA Lancaster’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center (SAPCC.)  This event is being planned and supported by SAVE (F&M’s student organization Sexual Assault and Violence Elimination club)

Rachel's Cafe and Creperie Fundraiser

201 W. Walnut Street, Lancaster, PA  17603

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Rachel’s Cafe & Creperie will donate a portion of its proceeds to  YWCA Lancaster’s Sexual Assault Prevention & Counseling Center.

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Take Back the Night

Student Memorial Center Promenade  – Millersville University

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Join us to break the silence and end the violence during Take Back the Night, an empowering international rally with the purpose of unifying communities to raise awareness in ending sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence. All students and community members are welcome to come and show their support.

Open mic for survivors to share their stories • Poster making & chalking • On-site counselors from the Millersville Counseling Center and the YWCA • An empowering, supportive and positive atmosphere.

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4th Annual Clothing Drive

YWCA Lancaster, 110 North Lime Street, Lancaster, PA 17602

Monday through Friday April 2 – 27, 2018

We are now accepting new clothing items or monetary donations to purchase new clothing for victim survivors of sexual assault who are given a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) at local hospitals.

Because sexual assault is a crime, law enforcement may, at times, collect the clothing and undergarments of victim survivors, for evidence at the time of the SAFE exam. Because of this, many hospitals are able to give clothing to patients upon discharge. But, some of the clothing pantries are currently low and need additional garments.

New T-shirts; bras; underwear; socks; and comfortable clothing with elastic waistbands—such as sweatpants, leggings, yoga pants, and sweatshirts for persons of all genders and ages. Please drop off at our building between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays throughout April.

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551 West Fundraiser

551 West King Street

Wednesday, April 25, 2018,
5 – 7:30 p.m.

Join the Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center (SAPCC) staff as they “work behind the bar” at 551 West to raise money for the incredible services provided to the community!

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Trauma Process Yoga Group

YWCA Lancaster, 110 North Lime Street, Lancaster, PA  17602

Monday’s April 9 – June 25, 2018, 6 p.m.

The Trauma Process Yoga Group model was developed to help survivors of trauma decrease symptoms and experience hope in healing by utilizing movement, connection, calm and kind feedback, and expression to  support the journey to a place of awareness and self-compassion.
Contact Wendy G. Gaunt, 717-621-2397wgaunt@ywcalancaster.org
Co-facilitated by Wendy G. Gaunt, MS, Sexual Assault Counselor and Educator and Katie Sina, Registered Yoga Teacher