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APRIL - SAAM

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Every year during the month of April, we work hard to educate about and raise awareness of sexual assault and sexual violence, as well as to show solidarity and support for survivors. To learn more about our efforts, explore the page below.

2024 SAAM Events

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April

Tapping into the Community

4:00-9:00pm | Growler Guys
 

A chance to play trivia, win prizes, and support Bolton Refuge House!

Click here to learn more and view the Facebook Event

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April

Time for Change

6:30-7:30pm | Phoenix Park - The Labyrinth
 

Speakers will share their experiences and expertise on sexual assault and its impact. Click here to learn more and view the Facebook Event

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April

Spring Soiree Vendor Market

10:00am-3:00pm | Eau Claire Event District
 

Get homemade goods and raffle tickets at this makers market. Proceeds from the raffle will support Bolton Refuge House. Click here to learn more and view the Facebook Event

Teal River Lights in Phoenix Park

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2024 marks our 4th annual lighting of the River Lights teal for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We are so grateful for the sponsors who have made this possible every year!

To see the teal lights, stop by Phoenix Park in Eau Claire after dark any night in April. If you are interested in helping us sponsor a night of teal lights for Sexual Assault Awareness, please reach out!

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30 Days of SAAM

Participate in our 30-Day Challenge! The full list is posted below. Follow us on Facebook for daily updates, details, and to share your success during the 30 Days of SAAM!

Fill out the form below every time you complete a challenge, and you'll be entered to win a prize! The more challenges you complete, the better your chance of winning.

  1. Write a letter to your younger self

  2. Commit to do something to help survivors of sexual violence in your community​. Here are some examples:

    • Volunteer at BRH

    • Take the SAFE Bar Training for your venue

    • Take the Stewards of Children Training to learn how to prevent CSA

    • Provide SafeDates Training for youth in your life

    • Write a letter to your Wisconsin Congress representative on this topics. Here's a great resource to get started.

  3. Wear something teal today, teal is the official color of SAAM

  4. Listen to a podcast, song, or talk about SA or are created by a survivor of SA

  5. Building a healthy relationship with yourself ​

  6. Take time for your favorite form of self-care​

  7. Try something new for self-care! Never meditated? Try it! Want to try a new form of art? Go for it! ​

  8. Read these tips on how to be a supportive person: rainn.org/TALK

  9. Find the answer to a question you have about healthy relationships ​

  10. Learn about Consent​

  11. Watch a video that uses everyday examples of consent. Here are some examples:

  12. Practice everyday consent. Here are some examples: 

    • Asking a child in your life if you can have a hug and giving them the chance to decide

    • Letting a friend know they can change their mind on what game they want to play together

    • Asking a romantic partner if you can post a selfie of the two of you on social media

    • Asking someone you life with if you can change where something is kept

    • Knocking before entering someone’s office and asking if you can enter

  13. Thank a supportive person in your life

  14. Like and share one SAAM post

  15. Take a picture with the bridge lit in teal at Phoenix Park for SAAM (or any other teal you see)

  16. Read from the perspective of a survivor of SA

  17. Learn about bystander intervention - SAFE Bar Network is a great place to start.​

  18. Learn about an important figure in the fight against sexual violence. Here are some examples!

    • Tarana Burke

    • Rosa Parks

    • Recy Taylor

    • Kym Worthy,

    • Mariska Hargitay

  19. Do you know the policies at your work or school that create protective environments and increase safety? If you don’t, find them out

  20. Breathe, just take today to keep coming back to focus on your breathing

  21. Learn a law about sexual assault. Click here to read laws by state

  22. Challenge a misconception - myth/reality

  23. Learn about diversity among survivors by reading a survivor story: https://rainn.org/stories

  24. Like or follow someone who talks about sexual assault on social media

  25. Learn about local/state officials and their work in sexual assault legislation.

  26. Track emotions for the day! Here are some great ways to get you started.

  27. Wear Denim for Denim Day!

  28. Learn about important events that shaped sexual assault awareness. Here's a great recent history.

  29. Share a statistic about sexual assault on your page. Here's a resource for finding statistics.

  30. How will you apply what you’ve learned this month for the rest of the year? Think about ways you can ensure you keep the conversation going. Here are some ideas! 

    • Follow a social media account about sexual violence prevention. (The BRH Facebook page is a great starting point)

    • Start a book club with friends where you read about the experiences of survivors of sexual assault

    • Listen to the Silence No More podcast

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