April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Throughout April C.A.S.A invites the community to become involved in ending sexual violence. Women, men and youth will join concerned citizens throughout California and the nation during April to Stand Up. Speak Out. DECIDE TO END SEXUAL VIOLENCE and promote healthy relationships in our communities.
The FBI and the Journal of Traumatic Stress estimate that one-in-six women and one-in-thirty three men will be victims of at least one sexual assault in their lifetime. C.A.S.A. provided services to 303 victim/survivors and their family members in 2010 and 130 of them were children under the age of eighteen. These statistics leave no doubt that most Americans know at least one sexual assault survivor. Yet, only about 30% of survivors report the violent crime of rape to police.
In the last thirty years, the rape crisis movement has let the way in providing services to victims and empowering individuals to chart their own course for healing. More recently, we have concentrated our resolve on deepening an active public conversation about what sexual violence is, how to prevent it, and how to help survivors heal. Stand Up. Speak Out. DECIDE TO END SEXUAL VIOLENCE reflects the contemporary movements desire to give new meaning to the phrase “public advocacy”. This encourages every member of the public to join in raising awareness about sexual violence and its impact on communities as a public health issue. When this goal is achieved, we will be well on our way to ending sexual violence.
The Center Against Sexual Assault will be hosting a variety of events throughout the month of April, raising the level of awareness in our valley.
Please save the dates for Sexual Assault Awareness Month Activities:
CLOTHESLINE PROJECT— Whole Month of April
HEMET VALLEY MALL
2200 W. Florida Ave, Hemet, CA 92545
Mt. San Jacinto College
San Jacinto Campus Library: Whole Month of April (2011)
1499 N. State Street, San Jacinto, CA 92583
Clothesline Projects honors survivors as well as victims of intimate violence. Each piece of clothing created is a silent exhibit and self-expression of the violence affecting our community…. Several Clothesline Projects will be up throughout the month of April at C.A.S.A and the main project at Hemet Valley Mall and MSJC Library on the San Jacinto Campus.
Mt. San Jacinto College
Menifee Valley Campus
28237 La Piedra Road, Menifee, CA 92584
The Clothesline Project will be in the Quad Area of the Menifee Valley Campus on April 7, 2011 from 8am-2:30pm, and at the Multicultural Event on April 9, 2011.
DENIM DIAMONDS AND MYSTERY RODEO-Friday April 15, 2011 7-9pm
Soboba Springs Country Club
1020 Soboba Rd, San Jacinto, CA 92583
This will be a fundraiser to help support the services that CASA provides to the community.
Please join CASA for an evening of mystery and fun events in the Hemet and San Jacinto Valley.
DENIM DAY— Wednesday, April 27, 2011––1:30 pm- 3:30 pm
FREE COMMUNITY PRESENTATION (Please RSVP if Possible)
Keynote Speaker Erin Runnion (In Memory of Samantha Runnion)
SOBOBA SPORTS COMPLEX,
24340 Soboba Rd, San Jacinto, CA 92583
Californians across the state are urged to break the dress code and the silence, by wearing jeans to participate in Denim Day California. Denim Day is being sponsored by C.A.S.A. Center Against Sexual Assault and CALCASA the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Denim Day California campaign began in 1999 with CALCASA and LACAAW, Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women, as part of an international protest of an Italian High Court decision to overturn a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans. The Italian Supreme Court dismissed charges against a 45-year-old rape suspect because his 18-year old victim was wearing jeans at the time of the attack. The Court stated in its decision that “It is common knowledge…that jeans cannot even be partly removed without the effective help of the person wearing them…and it is impossible if the victim is struggling with all her might.” The judgment sparked a worldwide outcry from those who understand coercion, threats and violence that go along with the act of rape. The unpopular verdict became an international symbol of myth-based injustice for sexual assault victims.
For further information on all SAAM activities please call:
C.A.S.A. CENTER AGAINST SEXUAL ASSAULT
640 N. San Jacinto Street, Suite E., Hemet, CA 92543