The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.
Here is what we did in 2015.
This year’s statewide theme is “Consent looks different to each of us. All you have to do is ask.”
Consent looks different to each of us because we all communicate and express ourselves differently. That’s why effective communication is important. Not sure? Ask. Someone may consent to intimate behavior verbally or non-verbally but, no matter how it is communicated, consent always involves the presence of an enthusiastic yes. Consent is a part of healthy sexuality and part of sexual violence prevention.
Healthy sexuality, along with consent, are important parts of sexual violence prevention AND supporting survivors. A culture of healthy sexuality supports survivors by acknowledging that: their body is their own; they control their sexuality; and they have the right to expect that sexual partners will be respectful of their boundaries.
Be on the lookout for our special events and activities throughout the month!
RRS will be distributing customized sunflower seed packets throughout our service area at community partner locations. Each small display will include SAAM messaging, RRS promotional materials and sunflower seed packets with the tagline “Growing Awareness” and our contact information.
Our Educators will be tabling at high schools promoting the message #consentforme. We will be creating a photobooth area, complete with props including a “polaroid” style poster with the tagline #consentforme. Students will have the opportunity to create photos, tag themselves and tag #consentforme. Students will be able to tag RRS through our brand new Instagram page and other social media. SAAM and RRS promotional materials will be available.
Law Enforcement “I Support Consent Because…”
Our Piscataquis County team is collaborating with multiple law enforcement agencies in Piscataquis County to create a social media campaign. Officers will complete the statement “I Support Consent Because…” on a white board, take a photo with the board and share on the RRS facebook page.