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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) dates back to the early 1970’s. Survivors of sexual violence began to speak out about their experiences. Their rallies and public speeches lead to the movement against sexual violence and eventually SAAM. This month is a call to action to how we each can help prevent and stop sexual assault in our communities.

For a more in depth look into the history of Sexual Assault Awareness Month please visit: The History of SAAM – NSVRC.

To learn more about what sexual violence is please click here.

Importance of SAAM:

The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. Individuals can embrace their voices to show their support for survivors, stand up to victim blaming, shut down rape jokes, correct harmful misconceptions, promote everyday consent, and practice healthy communications with children.

We know that one month isn’t enough to solve the serious and widespread issue of sexual violence. However, the attention April generates is an opportunity to energize and expand prevention efforts throughout the year.

How To Get Involved:

This SAAM there are tons of ways to help get involved. Everyone can help raise awareness about sexual assault!

  • Follow along with us on social media to get updates about resources, statistics, and ways we can help prevent sexual assault in our communities.
  • Attending one of our awesome events this month-check out our calendar below.
  • Write a love letter to a survivors during our virtual workshop! Click here to learn more!

Event Calendar

-April 2024- Love Letter to Survivors: Virtual Workshop

  • Join us in writing survivors love letters via Facebook Virtual Workshop throughout April.
  • Learn more click here!

April 2nd- SAAM Day of Action: Wear Your Teal

  • Chances are someone in your life is a survivor of sexual harassment, assault, or abuse, even if they have never shared their story with you. Show your support for survivors of sexual harassment and abuse by wearing teal — the color of sexual violence prevention — on April 2nd and post a selfie to Twitter or Instagram using #SAAM2024. By wearing teal, you are signaling that you support survivors and are a safe person to talk to if they need to reach out. 

April 4th- Community Conversations: Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Prevention

  • LaCrosse Library: South Main Street, LaCrosse, WA 99143
  • 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Come meet advocates, ask questions and learn more about our services!

-April 16th-Community Conversations: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

  • Rosalia Library: 402 S Whitman Ave, Rosalia, WA 99170
  • Come learn more about Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention. Along with getting to ask our incredible advocates questions and learn more about ATVP can help!

April 24th- Denim Day: Wear Denim in solidarity with survivors

  • Wear denim as a visible way to stand with survivors and to make a protest against sexual violence! Snap a quick picture in the denim outfit of your choice and tag us on social media to show your support!

-April 27th- ATVP at Pullman Rummage Sale

  • Monarch Boutique: Grand and Main Ave. Pullman WA 99163
  • 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM
  • Come shop the rummage sale and stop by our table for more information and resources pertaining to Sexual Assault Awareness Month!

TUESDAY TRIVIA-Rico’s Pub:

  • Every Tuesday in April: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 22nd, and 29th. 7 PM- 9 PM.
  • For more information click here.

Coffee Sleeves

Keep in an eye out during coffee runs for our prevention coffee sleeves! This April we have teamed up with some of our lovely local coffee shops to provide you with some SAAM messaging. Treat yourself to a tasty drink, snap a quick selfie, and tag us on Facebook or Instagram! We love to see the community sharing their support for survivors.

A huge shoutout to Zoe’s Coffee and Kitchen, Neill’s Flower and Gift, The Roost Coffee and Market, Thomas Hammer and The Well Coffeehouse for your partnership! Stop by these awesome shops to help show support for survivors during the month of April!

Social Media

Make you sure you are following us on social media- throughout the month of April we will be posting education and resources pertaining to SAAM!

Instagram: @atvpsupport

Twitter: @ATVPsupport

Facebook: Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse

Tiktok: @atvpsupport