Sponsored post: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).  This year’s campaign focuses on healthy sexuality and child sexual abuse prevention. This April, join the conversation. Start talking about healthy childhood development to prevent child sexual abuse.

This campaign provides tools and information on healthy childhood sexual development for adults to use in approaching our responsibility to protect children. Learning about healthy childhood sexual development helps adults promote positive characteristics, skills and behaviors. These tools support parents, communities and organizations in identifying risk factors, supporting healthy boundaries and challenging negative messages. For more information and resources go to www.nsvrc.org.

Sexual violence is a broad term and includes rape, incest, child sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, sexual exploitation, human trafficking, unwanted sexual contact, sexual harassment, exposure, and voyeurism.

These crimes are widespread and occur daily in our communities, schools, and workplaces, but sexual violence can be prevented. Community members can work to prevent sexual violence by establishing healthy and positive relationships that are based on respect, safety, and equality.

Please join the YWCA-York in their efforts to prevent sexual violence.

  • Thursday, April 4th, 12:00 noon we have our SAAM kick-off at the York County Administration Center, 28 East Market St, York.

  • Friday, April 5th representatives from the YWCA-York will be downtown during First Friday providing information and give-aways.

  • Teal Ribbon Campaign runs from April 1st-30th.  Look for teal ribbons at your local Rutter’s Farm Stores and SAAM events.

  • Victim’s Rights March Candlelight Vigil – Tuesday, April 23 @ 7 pm starting @ Colonial Courthouse

  • For more information visit our website www.ywcayork.org

This is a sponsored post by the York chapter of The YWCA. YWCA USA is one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women,  girls and their familiesYWCA USA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all


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  1. Looking for a way to support the cause of raising awareness for the prevention of sexual assault? Visit these establishments and a percentage of the proceeds will go to the YWCA-York. Sweet Frogs-Hanover, Monday, April 8th 5pm-9pm, Just say “Victim Assistance”; La Casa de TAPAS- York, Wednesday, April 17 11am-9pm (Flier req’d, available at ywcayork.org/Events); Friendly’s-Loucks Rd, York, Monday, April 22 5pm-8pm; Isaac’s-South York, Monday, April 29 5pm-9pm (Flier req’d, available at ywcayork.org/Events)

  2. April Trotter says:

    Thanks for the tip, Jessica!

  3. Joyce V says:

    Help us Teal the Town to spread awareness of Sexual Assault Awareness Month! Our goal for Teal The Town is to have people take pictures of their support raising awareness about Sexual Assault and send the pictures to social network sites using #TealTheTown. Send your pictures to the YWCA York’s Instagram or posting them on the YWCA York’s Facebook page and check out how others are spreading the word and getting the conversation started about Sexual Assault.

  4. It’s time…to talk about it! Start talking about healthy childhood development to prevent child sexual abuse. We can all do our part in raising awareness about sexual violence and its’ prevention.

    Understanding childhood sexual development and the role this has in child sexual abuse prevention can empower adults to be informed and take appropriate action. Child sexual abuse affects us all, and it is not the responsibility of children to end this abuse. All adults in the community can play a positive role in child sexual abuse prevention by supporting healthy
    childhood sexual development.

    For resources and more information visit http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/current-campaign

  5. April Trotter says:

    Thanks for the info about a very important topic!

  6. Melissa Plotkin says:

    Another tip for talking to your children about protecting themselves against sexual abuse…Try talking about protecting their body within the context of other “safety rules” you have for your children. By incorporating discussion about touching with rules about general safety in the home and general safety at school, etc., you can effectively minimize the fears that your children may experience.

  7. jackblack says:

    It is very important and necessary, especially when it concerns children

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