In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, YWCA Greater Los Angeles’ Sexual Assault Crisis Services was even busier than ever. Whether hosting community-wide awareness events, joining with schools and universities to educate regarding sexual violence and assault, conducting self-defense classes or meeting with social service influencers, the YWCA team packed April 2016 with meaningful and impactful events. Now, they ask you to help them extend these efforts and momentum throughout the year.
“Sexual Assault Awareness Month allows us to capture the attention of the community at large around this topic and we often see an increase in requests for services this month; however, our work continues throughout the year due to the ongoing impact of sexual assault on survivors and their loved ones. We want to encourage our audience to stay connected as this is an issue that we must educate around and advocate for throughout the entire year,” shares Sheetal Chib, Director of Sexual Assault Crisis Services.
In the upcoming month, individuals have the opportunity to extend this needed and worthy effort beyond April and become certified by the California Office of Emergency Services through the YWCA Greater Los Angeles Sexual Assault Crisis Services Volunteer Training. Interested individuals must be willing to commit to at least one year of volunteer service and be willing and able to attend eight monthly trainings per year.
“Volunteers are extremely instrumental to our work. Their high level of commitment and tireless work throughout the year to support victims and help them on their journey to survivor is commendable. If you are passionate about eliminating sexual violence against women, children and men, then the YWCA Greater Los Angeles needs your help – join the upcoming volunteer training,” continued Sheetal.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2016 activities and partnerships:
- Sexual Assault Awareness Month Proclamation
- Clothesline Display
- Resource Fairs across the community
- “Sexual Assault 101”& “Healthy Relationships” presentations and other trainings (various locations)
- Denim Day (various locations)
- Break the Silence Fair
- Domestic & Sexual Violence Awareness Day at Jordan Plus High School
- Social Service Roundtable Meetings
- Gang Prevention and Intervention Partner Violence Prevention Resource Fair
- “The Hunting Ground” Film Screenings
- “Sexual AssaultAwareness Outreach & Education” with Los Angeles Job Corps
- Presentation to Student Health Services at El Camino College Torrance
- “More Than a Survivor: More Than a Story” exhibit table at Museum of Latin American Art
- Self-defense classes(various locations)