April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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 2019 theme I ASK focuses on making consent a healthy and expected part of daily interactions and conversations.

To raise awareness and funds for SAAM, YWCA Lancaster will be hosting diverse events throughout the month of April.

Take Back the Night

YWCA Lancaster, 110 North Lime Street

Monday, April 1, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Take Back the Night – a survivor centered event that focuses on uplifting and supporting those whose lives have been impacted by sexual violence. This year’s event, to be held at YWCA, Lancaster will feature Jennifer Storm, PA Victim Advocate and survivor.

The event will also feature a survivor speak-out. Survivors of sexual violence are invited to share their stories, how they healed, and how they’ve moved forward.

Take Back the Night Flier

5th Annual Clothing & Comfort Drive

YWCA Lancaster, 110 North Lime Street

Monday through Friday, April 1 – 30, 2019

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.

Sexual assault is a crime. As a result, clothing and undergarments of victim survivors may be collected for evidence at the time of a SAFE exam. Many hospitals provide donated clothing to patients in order to replace the clothing collected for evidential purposes. With hundreds of victim/survivors seeking medical care, there is a huge need for donated garments.  Items needed include: undergarments, sweatshirts, T-shirts, yoga pants, sweatpants for persons of all genders and ages, as well as comfort items such as small stuffed animals, fidget toys, coloring books, and stress toys. Drop off M-F at YWCA Lancaster, 110 N. Lime Street. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Clothing Drive Flier

Body Safety Storytime and Craft

Lancaster Public Library,

2nd Floor, Children’s Library

125 North Duke Street

Monday & Wednesday, April 1, 10, 15 & 24

 

Sexual Assault Counselor and Educator Danielle Perez will be at the Lancaster Public Library with an information table for Parents/Guardians on March 26, 10 a.m. – Noon

Then, she will be at the Lancaster Public Library doing a book reading and crafts with a focus on raising awareness on body safety and boundaries.

  • Monday, April 1 & 15 – 10:30 a.m.: Pre-K kids.
  • Wednesday, April 10 & 24 – 6-7 p.m.: School Age kids.

Topics are appropriate for all ages, interactive, and family friendly!

Body Safety & Storytime Flier

Not Alone: Uniting Stories of Survivors

Zoetropolis, 112 North Water Street

Tuesday, April 9, 7-9 p.m.

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness month, YWCA Lancaster in collaboration with LANCASTER STORY SLAM hosts a night of storytelling and spoken word sharing survivors’ stories of sexual violence.

This event takes place at ZOETROPOLIS, 112 North Water Street

April 9, 7 – 9 p.m.

This is a pay as you can event. Suggested price is $10 – $20 per person.

Registration is required.

Not Alone: Uniting Stories of Survivors

In collaboration with LANCASTER STORY SLAM We are hosting a night of storytelling and spoken word sharing survivors’ stories of sexual violence.
  • This is a Pay What You Can event. Please choose from one of the options above. Suggestion is $10 - $20 per person.
  • $0.00

Rachel's Cafe and Creperie Fundraiser

201 W. Walnut Street

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 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.

Rachel's Fundraiser Flier

Roll Red Roll Screening

Zoetropolis, 112 North Water Street

Monday, April 22, 7-9 p.m.

Roll Red Roll is a true-crime thriller that goes behind the headlines to uncover the deep-seated and social-media fueled “Boys will be Boys” culture at the root of high school sexual assault in America.

At a pre-season football party in small-town Steubenville, Ohio, a heinous crime took place: the assault of a teenage girl by members of the beloved high school football team. What transpired would garner national attention and result in the sentencing of two key offenders. But it was the disturbing social media evidence uncovered online by crime blogger Alex Goddard that provoked the most powerful questions about the case, and about the collusion of teen bystanders, teachers, parents and coaches to protect the assailants and discredit the victim. As it painstakingly reconstructs the night of the crime and its aftermath, Roll Red Roll uncovers the engrained rape culture at the heart of the incident, acting as a cautionary tale about what can happen when teenage social media bullying runs rampant and adults look the other way. The film unflinchingly asks: “why didn’t anyone stop it?”

This event takes place at Zoetropolis, 112 North Water Street.

April 22, 7 – 9 p.m.