April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Too often as a society we misinterpret the meaning of sexual violence. A large majority believe sexual assault and rape is perpetrated because of the need to engage in a sexual act; thus a person wearing provocative clothing heightens their risk factor for being a victim of sexual violence.
This is a myth.
Sexual violence is committed with the notion that a person must exert their power and control over another, and the choice of clothing for the victim has nothing to do with the heinous crimes committed against them.
Show your support for survivors of sexual harassment and abuse by wearing teal (the color of sexual violence prevention) on April 4th and post to your social media. By wearing teal, you are signaling that you support survivors and are a safe person to talk to if they need to reach out.
The Little Black Dress Campaign (LBDC) (April 11th) is a social media project to raise awareness about sexual assault, visibly support survivors, and expose problematic beliefs surrounding sexual violence. We use the symbol of a black dress with the text “my little black dress does not mean yes” to create a visual message.
Why wear denim for sexual assault awareness? (April 26th) Denim was first seen worn in support of survivors after a rape conviction was overturned by the Italian Supreme Court. Judges said the victim implied consent by wearing tight jeans, and in response, women in the Italian Parliament came to work the next day wearing jeans to stand with the victim in solidarity.
To learn more about this subject or to read about Domestic Violence programs and services, follow this link: https://www.namonline.org/family-center
If you or someone you know is suffering through an abusive relationship; please call the Family Violence 24 hour hotline: