Join us as we Paint the Town Teal! Sexual Assault Awareness Month is an opportunity to raise awareness about sexual violence and educate ourselves on how to prevent it. By working together, we can make a difference in our mission to stop sexual violence and its impact. Please join us in our advocacy efforts. We hope to see you at the many events we have planned this month!
Please let us know if you’re interested in planning an event for April 2015! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-968-4647.
Fundraiser at Hot Tin Roof
Mon. April 6, 5:30-7:30pm, Hot Tin Roof.
Sara Stephens, OCRCC Board member and CEO of the Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce, will be a guest bartender at Hot Tin Roof in Hillsborough. Join us for a social gathering that will support the Center.
How to help a loved one
Thurs. April 9, TBD, Location TBD.
This seminar is for family, friends, and partners of those who have been sexually assaulted and abused, whether the trauma occurred recently or years ago. Join us for helpful tips and resources to use as a supporter. Contact Bethany Wichman-Buescher at email@example.com for more information.
Cupcakes & Cocktails
Sun. Apr 12, 2-4pm, City Kitchen.
Submissions due April 1.
Join us for a second year of Cupcakes & Cocktails! Join us at City Kitchen for a cupcake contest, signature cocktails, all-you-can-eat cupcakes, light hors d’oeuvres, and more! $40 advance/$50 door. Enter the cupcake competition by April 1. Find out more at ocrcc.org/cupcakes. Contact Alyson Culin, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Beyond ‘That’s So Gay’: Helping Kids Stand Up to Homophobia
Wed. April 15, 12-1pm, McDougle Middle School.
Part of our Standing Side by Side series, this brownbag lunch program for parents of middle school students will discuss how to help kids stand up to homophobia at school. Contact Rachel Valentine, email@example.com for more information.
“Talk About It” Community Cafe:
Sat. April 18, 10am-12pm, New Hope Elementary School.
Join us for breakfast and conversation about what it takes to end child sexual abuse in Orange County. Bring your neighbors, break bread, share wisdom, and leave empowered! Bunch and childcare provided free of charge. Contact Rachel Valentine, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Workshop: Clothesline Project
Sun. April 19, 2-4pm. OCRCC.
For our monthly self-care workshop for survivors of all genders, we will decorate t-shirts. Participants in this bilingual session may choose to display their creations at the Shout Out! Advance registration required; space is limited. Contact Bethany Wichman-Buescher, email@example.com for more information.
Shout Out! Against Sexual Violence
Tuesday, April 21. 6:30-8:30pm. Location TBD.
Submissions due March 24.
Do you want to Shout Out! Against Sexual Violence? Here’s your chance! We will host our annual Shout Out!, a survivor-themed event that explores the survivor experience through stories and testimonials, poetry and spoken word, dance, music, and visual art. We welcome submissions from survivors of sexual violence, their loved ones, and allies.
Pieces can be submitted with the artist’s name or anonymously. Those submitting written-word pieces may choose to perform those pieces themselves or they can request that a volunteer read their piece. Artists do not need to be present at the event in order for their work to be included. All written pieces will be printed in the event program in both English and Spanish unless otherwise specified by the artist.
If you are interested in participating in this year’s Shout Out!, please send questions and submit pieces to Crisis Response Coordinator Joey Honeycutt at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is March 24. We look forward to hearing from you!
Tues. April 28, 6-8pm, Mediterranean Deli.
Join us in appreciation and celebration of our community! Spend time with staff, volunteers, and supporters. We will present our Teal Ribbon Award to a community member who furthers the mission of the Center. Open to the public. Contact Alex Stewart at email@example.com for more information.
What You Can Do
- Check out the resources from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
- Support the Center by donating and coming to our events.
- Volunteer at the Center.
- Host a fundraiser for the Center.
- Engage in online activism.
- Be a supportive listener to those affected by sexual assault.
- Talk to your friends about healthy relationships.
- Replace victim-blaming statements with statements of support.
- Educate yourself.
- Talk to your children about safe touches and preventing violence. Request our Community Educators to present a program to your kids’ daycare, youth group, or sports team.
- Request our Community Educators to present a program for adults to your PTA, book club, social club, church group, or office.
- Challenge rape myths and stereotypes.
- Speak up when you hear sexist language or someone downplaying the severity of sexual assault.