Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! 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. YWCA Lancaster is proud to partner with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) to provide resources and ways to get involved throughout the month of April and year round!

Ways to get involved

Support

Ways to donate, gear up, and raise awareness for SAAM!

Clothing and Comfort Drive

The YWCA Lancaster is accepting monetary donations and NEW clothing or comfort items to support victim survivors of sexual abuse receiving medical care at local hospitals.

SAPCC T-Shirt Sale

Raise awareness and help support the YWCA Lancaster Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center by ordering a SAPCC t-shirt, designed in partnership with Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCAD) students!

Rachel’s Creperie Fundraiser (April 22)

On April 22, a portion of each check at Rachel’s Creperie in Lancaster City will be donated to our Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center! Thank you to Rachel’s for their support, and happy dining!

Get a Hotline yard sign for your workplace or business

Want to promote our Sexual Assault Hotline? Get a free yard sign to place in your business, organization, or residence!

Gather

Gatherings held throughout the month to learn together

Personal Safety Book Readings (April 4, 11, 25)

Join us for a series of Facebook live Storytime readings throughout the month of April on books related to feelings, boundaries, consent, and body safety. Held online on April 4th, 11th, and 25th

Susquehanna Stage presents: “Oleanna” (April 23)

Susquehanna Stage is offering a free admission staged reading of David Mamet’s “OLEANNA”, a seething investigation of “political correctness” in a time when the nation’s morality has been tested by increased incidents of sexual harassment. There will be a talk back after the performance, and donations will be accepted to support the YWCA Lancaster

Dorothy Height Social Justice Club (April 28)

Join our interactive, insightful social justice club with a focus on diverse, thought-provoking writers and subjects; this month’s Social Justice Club will focus on “Unbound” by Tarana Burke

 

Heal

Intentional space created for community building and healing

The HAART Project

The project aims to be a powerful and creative outlet for loved ones and survivors of sexual harassment, abuse, and assault to share their experiences through expressive art.

Expressive Arts Support Group

Join us for an open and supportive space for adults 18+ to connect, learn, and process the impacts of sexual abuse through creativity and art beginning March 23rd through April 27th.

Social media toolkit from NSRVC

Annual Clothing & Comfort Drive

YWCA Lancaster, 110 North Lime Street

Monday through Friday, April 1 – 30, 2022

We are accepting monetary donations and NEW clothing or comfort items to support victim survivors of sexual abuse receiving medical care 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. – 4 p.m.