April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Resilience, along with participating organizations, will be hosting virtual events and a fundraising campaign to raise awareness of sexual violence and support community efforts to prevent it. Read more about Resilience’s virtual events and fundraising for Sexual Assault Awareness Month below:

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Resilience, along with participating organizations, will be hosting virtual events and a fundraising campaign to raise awareness of sexual violence and support community efforts to prevent it. This year’s theme is Acting Together, in honor of all the actions we take—individual and collective, public and private, big and small—to end sexual violence in our communities. For more information about Sexual Assault Awareness Month at Resilience, contact Lillian Cartwright at lcartwright@ourresilience.org.

Virtual Events

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 | National SAAM Day of Action
All Day
Social media everywhere

During the National SAAM Day of Action, everyone is invited to wear teal to show their support for survivors of sexual violence and start a conversation about consent, respect, and support. Share a selfie of your teal look on social media, tag @ResilienceChi, and use #SAAM and #SAAMChi.

Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11, 2020 | Kendra Gives Back Fundraiser
12:00AM to 11:59PM
kendrascott.com

During this shopping event that gives back, 20% of online jewelry sales will be donated back to Resilience. Use code GIVEBACK6833 to check out with 20% of proceeds going to Resilience.

Tuesday, April 22, 2020 | Breaking the Silence Cafe
12:00PM to 1:00PM
Virtual Platform TBD

For the past 13 years, Breaking the Silence has been an evening of healing for survivors, by survivors. While we realize we can’t hold a digital candle to our annual poetry event, we’ve decided this year to instead turn our attention to the brilliance and resilience of survivors by holding an afternoon poetry and spoken word café. Grab your beverage of choice and join us for some poetry, some storytelling and a short mindfulness practice. We hope to reinvigorate your creativity and reunite you with your survivor community.

Friday, April 24, 2020 | Standing Silent Witness
12:00PM to 1:00PM
Facebook and Instagram
Click here to download our flyer and toolkit on how to participate virtually

Standing Silent Witness, Resilience’s signature SAAM event, unites participants in a visual demonstration to celebrate our individual and collective survival. Wearing t-shirts that bear stories and messages protesting sexual violence, we lift up those who have survived being silenced and those who have survived the silence of family members, institutions, and broader society in the face of witnessing harm. By being a part of this event, together participants break the silence and support the right to live free from violence.

Standing Silent Witness brings together nearly 200 participants each year. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be gathering virtually this year over Facebook and Instagram. If you have questions, please contact Lillian Cartwright at lcartwright@ourresilience.org.

Monday, April 27, 2020 | Sexual Assault Awareness Month Book Club
5:30PM to 7:00PM
Virtual Platform TBD
Click here to download the flyer

Connect with your community and engage in SAAM with reading! Resilience is hosting a virtual book club for the month of April. We will be reading Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler and will gather virtually on April 27 from 5:30–7:00PM to discuss Butler’s book of short stories. RSVP here if you’re interested in coming and more details will follow.

SAAM Challenge Fundraising Campaign

The SAAM Challenge is a fundraising campaign that was created for individuals, organizations, and businesses to raise funds throughout April in support of Resilience’s free programs and services for survivors.

Our goal is to have as many people as possible participate in our SAAM Challenge and hope everyone will join us in whatever way works for them. Participation can look like donating, starting a fundraiser, or simply sharing our messages with your friends and family.

Click here to download our fundraising toolkit
Link to donate to Resilience: https://resilience.salsalabs.org/donate/index.html
Link to start your own fundraiser: https://resilience.salsalabs.org/FY20SAAM/index.html 

Lillian Cartwright, SAAM, SAAM 2020, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Standing Silent Witness