Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 2015

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!

Are you interested in supporting the Center this SAAM? Consider hosting a fundraiser for the Center, or donate items on our Wish List! Contact us at or 919-968-4647.

Upcoming Events

Please let us know if you’re interested in planning an event for April 2015! Contact or 919-968-4647.

Fundraiser at Hot Tin Roof

Monday, 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.   Alyson Culin,

Cupcakes & Cocktails

Sunday, April 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   Alyson Culin,

Beyond ‘That’s So Gay’: Helping Kids Stand Up to Homophobia

Wednesday, 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.   Rachel Valentine,

How to Help a Loved One

Thursday, April 16. 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.   Bethany Wichman-Buescher,

“Talk About It” Community Cafe

Saturday, 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! Brunch and childcare provided free of charge.   Rachel Valentine,

Workshop: Clothesline Project

Sunday, 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. Find out more about the history of the Clothesline Project here. Advance registration is required for this workshop; space is limited. For more information and to register, contact Bethany Wichman-Buescher,

Shout Out! Against Sexual Violence

Tuesday, April 21. 6-8pm. Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room A.
Submissions due March 24.

Shout Out HeaderDo 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.

The deadline for submissions is March 24. If you have questions or to submit pieces, contact Joey Honeycutt,

Teal Ribbon Banquet

Tuesday, 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.   Alex Stewart,


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.
  • Donate items on our wishlist.
  • 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.


  • 24-Hour Help Line:

    • 866-WE-LISTEN (866-935-4783)
    • 919-967-7273 (Local)
    • 919-338-0746 (TTY)