April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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

You Are Not Alone

Victim survivors of sexual abuse often feel alone and isolated. YWCA Lancaster continues our video campaign in support of victim survivors with the empowering message: “Youre Not Alone”.  Sexual abuse is an epidemic; the uprising of the social media viral response #MeToo highlights the prevalence of this crime and how many people have experienced numerous forms of sexual violence.

In light of the many brave women who have come forward and shared their stories of sexual abuse at the hands of well known, powerful men, victim survivors of ALL genders need to know they’re not alone, now more than ever.

For #SexualAssaultAwarenessMonth, @1in6org and @NOMORE have released a PSA featuring survivors of sexual abuse and assault revealing an important truth. Watch and share to spread awareness! #SAAM #1in6

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.

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. YWCA Lancaster is collecting NEW clothing items and monetary donations for local hospitals who administer SAFE exams through the month of April. Items needed include: t-shirts, bras, underwear, socks, and comfortable clothing with elastic waistbands- sweatpants, leggings, yoga pants, sweatshirts- for persons of all genders and ages. Please drop off at our building between 8am and 5pm, Mondays through Fridays throughout April. 

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Trauma Process Yoga Group

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

Mondays April 2 – June 18, 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. The series kicks off April 2, with a donation class taking place at the Fulton Theatre Education Building at 24 N. Prince Street.
From April 9 – June 18 classes will take place at YWCA Lancaster, 110 N. Lime Street.
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