April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is an exciting time in Alaska; Days get longer, winter starts to disappear, and we bring our community together to raise awareness about prevention, education as well as support and advocacy for Survivors.
We are frequently adding events to our calendar, so be sure to check back for the most up-to-date information about how you join the campaign. Together, we can end sexual violence in Alaska.
Crisis Line Responder Training
The Crisis Line is the heart of our organization's services and often serves as the first point of contact for sexual assault survivors. Staff members answer the line during business hours and volunteers answer the line from the comfort of their home during the evening, weekend, and holiday hours. A 40 hour training and commitment to answering the line at least three shifts a month is required of all volunteers.
SAAM Day of Action:
Wear Teal on April 4
Chances are, someone in your life is a survivor of sexual harassment, assault, or abuse, even if they have never shared their story with you. Show your support for survivors of sexual harassment and abuse by wearing teal — the color of sexual violence prevention — on April 4 and post a selfie to Twitter or Instagram using #SAAM2023. By wearing teal, you are signaling that you support survivors and are a safe person to talk to if they need to reach out.
STAR Masquerade Ball
Our biggest fundraiser of the year, this event brings together our most prominent neighbors to raise critical funds for client services. This year's theme is "Imagine a future" as we share our vision of a future without sexual violence. Guests will enjoy a champagne reception, inspiring speakers, live music and the opportunity to support our mission. Reserve your table today!
International Denim Day
Denim Day is the annual sexual assault awareness event that works to start conversations about the destructive attitudes surrounding sexual assault, such as victim blaming. Wear jeans with a purpose and share these images on your social channels to take a stand against victim-blaming in honor of Denim Day. For more information about Denim Day, check out denimdayinfo.org.
#30DaysofSAAM Instagram Challenge
Join advocates, activists, survivors, and supporters who are getting involved in Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April on Instagram. Daily prompts encourage creative ways for you to raise awareness, educate, and connect with others — plus you have a chance to win prizes every day you participate.