April brings education and insight into 2 major issues in society, still today. Sexual Assault and Child Abuse. Continue with us this month as we bring you more education and resources to help raise awareness and prevention when it comes to Sexual Assault and Child Abuse.
This year marks 22 years of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Even with such a strong history, the AWARENESS and PREVENTION of Sexual Assault has been a movement for even longer.
This year’s theme is Drawing Connections: Prevention Demands Equity. What does this mean exactly?
It means it will take ALL OF US looking at ourselves and the systems that our world is built around. Systems of oppression that have been here for so long. Racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, ageism, and more, have all contributed to sexual assault.
Until we can begin to DRAW CONNECTIONS to these systems and break them down, sexual violence will continue. Being able to recognize and understand these connections will also allow you to understand the history of sexual violence, especially when it comes to certain groups or communities and why they have been more at risk than others. “It will take ending all forms of oppression to end sexual violence worldwide.”
Join us this month and the rest of the year in DRAWING CONNECTIONS between these systems of oppression and the underlying causes of sexual assault. Who are the groups of people that are most at risk? What systems of oppression are in play causing this high risk? How can we break down these systems to help prevent sexual violence?
If you are looking for a simple way to participate all month long in raising awareness in your community, here is the 30 Days of Instagram Calendar that you can use for prompts to share on any social media platform honestly, it doesn’t need to just be Instagram.
April is also Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. Unfortunately, the topic of abuse is heavy in April. And once again, looking at those systems of oppression help us all better understand who is at higher risk is and what are the underlying reasons for this.
The Colorado organization, Illuminate Colorado is a local organization who is doing the work daily. Feel free to learn more about what they are doing and how you can get involved, not just this month, but year around.
In the month of April, Illuminate Colorado has a program based around Pinwheels! The significance of the blue PINWHEEL is the representation of the bright childhoods that we all want for children.
Here is a fun template that you can use to make your very own pinwheel OR head to your closest Dollar Tree for pinwheels that you can use to decorate your yard with! Let’s see Colorado Springs flourish with pinwheels and raise awareness and work together to prevent child abuse.
If you are looking for more ways to get involved, here are some great ideas for events happening through April. In fact, Kingdom Builders Family Life Center will be participating in some local events as well.
KBFLC will be hosting weekly Cake & Conversation meetings EVERY Wednesday at 11 am. If you can make at least one, do it! Come learn more about preventing and raising awareness around Sexual Assault, plus learn about what they are doing for Child Abuse Prevention Month as well.
We will be sharing an entire blog next week around Cake & Conversations, so make sure you check it out to learn more!
Stay in the loop with all their Cake & Conversation events here (5) Cake & Conversation | Facebook!
Celebrate DENIM DAY with the world!
Nationwide events for SAAM.
Nationwide events for CAPM.
Remember, if you or someone you know is dealing with sexual assault, or really any kind of abuse, please reach out to your local resources. If you are in Colorado Springs, Kingdom Builders Family Life Center is a great place to start. With trained advocates, waiting to hear your story and help you where they can, be sure to reach out to KBFLC. There are several ways you can do this.
The daily line Monday through Friday is 719-247-8190.
The Crisis line for after hours or the weekend is: 719-464-4647.
You can also walk into the building at the Satellite Hotel at 411 Lakewood Circle Suite C201.
You can also email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to let us know in the comments below how you are raising awareness and/or preventing sexual assault & child abuse in your community! We would love to hear about all your hard work and cheer you on!