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Sanctuary, Inc. to launch annual Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month activities in April; This year's theme, "I Ask," expands prevention efforts

All activities include opportunities for individuals and businesses to participate from the comfort of home.

This April, Sanctuary, Inc. will engage the local community as part of its annual Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) campaign. This year’s theme, “I Ask,” focuses on the idea that asking for consent is a non-negotiable action in intimate relationships. By asking for consent and listening to and respecting an individual’s response, we hope that they number of people being hurt by sexual assault will decrease.

April 1st is Green for “Green Dot” Day. Sanctuary, Inc. encourages members of the community to show their support for Green Dot by wearing green.

What is Green Dot? Green Dot is a program that encourages bystander intervention when someone witnesses sexual assault, dating violence, or bullying. A green dot is any behavior, choice, word, or attitude that promotes safety for everyone and communicates utter intolerance for rape, partner violence, and stalking. We encourage individuals to post pictures of them wearing green on social media. You can tag us and use the hashtag #greendot to show your support.

April 7th is “Why We Wear Teal Day.”

Did you know teal is the official color of sexual assault awareness? The color teal conveys a message of trust, devotion, and healing. You can show your support for the survivors of sexual assault by wearing teal and sharing a picture on social media. Again, you can tag Sanctuary and use the hashtag #IAsk to show your support for sexual assault prevention.

April 17th is “Chalk the Walk.”Join Sanctuary, along with other local businesses, as we take our messages of hope and healing to the sidewalks. This is a time where we can stand together in support of survivors of sexual assault as well as display the importance of consent by stepping out of the office for a few minutes to write messages on the sidewalk. Local businesses can sign up to participate by emailing Carrie Tackett at Sanctuary, Inc. will provide all participants with chalk and sample messages to businesses that sign up in advance.

April 29th is “Denim Day.” Wear your denim clothing to show the importance of consent.

In 1992, an 18 year old girl was sexually assaulted by her driving instructor in Italy. He was convicted until the Italian Supreme Court over-turned the conviction because the survivor had been wearing tight jeans leading to the assumption that she would have had to help with the removal of the jeans meaning that is was consensual and not rape. Women of the Italian parliament were furious and wore jeans as a protest. Today, we do the same. You can post your pictures on social media and tag Sanctuary, Inc. We will be using the same hashtag as Teal Day, #IAsk, to show the importance of consent

About Sanctuary, Inc.
Sanctuary, Inc. is a non-profit agency committed to the provision of preventative and restorative services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. We deliver caring, comprehensive support to victims of personal violence in the nine-county area of the Pennyrile Area Development District including: Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Muhlenberg, Todd, and Trigg. We seek to empower through crisis intervention, peer support, victim advocacy, and community education.

We do not discriminate because of race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, citizenship, immigration status, marital status, familial status or language spoken.