PCAR (Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape) first partnered with NSVRC (National Sexual Violence Resource Center) in 2001 to coordinate the first nationally recognized Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign in the United States. The campaign strives to raise community awareness about sexual violence and to educate on means of prevention as well as ways to support victim/survivors. The 2020 theme I ASK focuses on making consent a healthy and expected part of daily interactions and conversations.
Due to the Coronavirus, many of the SAAM events have been cancelled or are being postponed. Check back often. In the meantime - below are some ways to stay engaged.
#30DaysofSAAM Instagram Challenge
Participate in the #30DaysofSAAM Instagram Challenge
For the past seven years, advocates, survivors, and supporters have joined in the #30DaysofSAAM Instagram challenge. The challenge is a way that you can show up for survivors in a social-distancing friendly way this April.
During these uncertain times, we’re hoping that past and new participants alike find the challenge to be an outlet to share creativity, hope, and connection.
Here’s how it works:
- Every day in April we provide an open-ended prompt (April 1st’s prompt is At the Beginning of SAAM and you’re encouraged to share a snapshot that captures your goals, hopes, and feelings about SAAM.)
- Respond to the prompt by posting a photo, collage, illustration, digital art, video, or other original content on your Instagram account using #30DaysofSAAM
- NSVRC will choose one winner each day to highlight on our Instagram page and send a prize pack as a token of appreciation.
- Those who participate every day in April will be entered to win this year’s grand prize.
Take a closer look at the rules, criteria, and daily prompts to get started view the #30DaysofSAAM Challenge handout.
Virtual Storytime Series
Many folks are home with children right now and we are here for you. Helping children process their feelings about what is going on is so important. Now more than ever children need guidance from adults on how to handle these challenging feelings. They also now more than ever may need help understanding the importance of boundaries as everyone is in close quarters.
Please join educator, Danielle Perez virtually with any child in your life for four Thursdays at noon on our Facebook page as we read stories live and share potential activities to do together.
Dates: April, 9, 16, 23, 30
Where: On Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/YWCALancaster/
Facebook Storytime Flier
The Clothesline Project
The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. The tradition is for women to pick a shirt color that coordinates to the specific abuse they want to address, decorate the shirt, and then hang it on a clothesline as a visual testimony to the problem of violence against women. While the history of this project began with a focus on women, we recognize that all people can experience gender-based violence which is why we invite and encourage all genders to participate in this project.
Due to the impacts of COVID-19, this year’s CLP will take place virtually. Whether you have experienced this violence firsthand or want to honor someone who has experienced violence, we invite you to participate. Here is how to get involved.
- Choose one of the design options on the T-shirt guideline page below.
- Submit an image of your design to Susan Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 24th.
- Your art will be curated into a virtual collage which will be displayed on the YWCA Lancaster’s website, Instagram, and Facebook.
For more information on the Clothes Line Project visit their website at http://www.clotheslineproject.info/ .
Take Back the Night
When faced with social distancing and isolation, it is more important than ever to support the survivors in our lives and our communities. For this reason, the YWCA Lancaster Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center has decided to take our Annual Take Back the Night Event virtual!
Take Back the Night is about letting survivors know that they are supported by their community; with your help, that’s what we’re going to do. From now until April 24th, we are asking members of the Lancaster County community to share their words of encouragement, healing and hope.
- First, create your message in whatever form speaks to you—art, designed quotes, sidewalk chalk messages, rock painting, the written word, or song—the sky’s the limit.
- Next, share your submission using the link below.
Throughout the week of April 27th, we will be sharing your support on our Facebook page. Join us in showing support for the Survivors of Lancaster County. Together we can break the silence and end the violence!
Click here to share your support.