Join us during the month of April in spreading awareness about Sexual Assault! What will YOU do to spread awareness?
Why We Wear Teal – April 1 Kick-off
In 2000, sexual violence coalitions across the country voted to designate the color teal as the official color of Sexual Assault Awareness month and the teal ribbon was adopted as a symbol of awareness and prevention. Teal is associated with trust, devotions, and healing. How can you participate?
- Outfit and accessorize yourself in teal to raise awareness of sexual awareness
- Pick up a teal ribbon at the following businesses that support the eradication of sexual violence
- Tell people why you are wearing teal and ask them to join anti-violence efforts
- Post on social media #wewearteal
Guerrilla Marketing Campaign – April 11
On April 11, Rape Crisis Centers and our allies across the state of Kentucky will be conducting Guerrilla Advertising in an effort to bring about awareness to sexual victimization. We invite you to join us in our WWT (Why Wear Teal) campaign by placing a card with the QR code in strategic places throughout your community.
The QR code will directly link to this page so the viewer can read up on the importance of eliminating sexual violence in our communities and access information outlining the different statewide events he/she can participant in. We encourage you to have fun with this, get people talking, put tags on gas station pumps, hide them in the produce section of your grocery store or car windows, see if your local banks will send them out in through the teller, have restaurants put them in the bags of carry out orders, organize a flash mob, just get creative!
Chalk the Walk – April 18
Let’s take our message to the streets, or the sidewalks! Join us this week as we invite you to CHALK THE WALK for sexual assault awareness and prevention! Gather a group of friends or neighbors and write messages of hope and healing with sidewalk chalk. Below is list of phrases to get you started, but make it your own with messages that will mobilize YOUR community to make change! We encourage you to use our hashtag#chalkthewalk to draw people’s attention to opportunities for further action from the messages they read. Take photographs of your work and post it on social media to spread the message and create buzz!
- Sexual violence is NOT inevitable!
- What’s your Green Dot?
- Consent is sexy! Make sure you have it – every time, every partner!
- We believe you.
- Nobody has to do everything. Everybody can do something.
- 1 in 5 is too many.
- Healing happens.
Denim Day – April 27
In 1992 an 18-year-old in Italy was raped by her driving instructor. She pressed charges and won her case, but the instructor appealed and the case went to the Italian High Court. In 1999 the court overturned the conviction with a member of the High Court declaring that since the victim wore very tight jeans, the instructor could not have removed them himself; therefore, the victim must have willingly participated. Women of the Italian legislature protested the decision by wearing jeans. As news of the decision spread, so did the protest. Today, all around the world, organizations coordinate communitywide Denim Days to show support of survivors and raise awareness about the crimes of sexual assault. Thank you for doing more to help us take a stand against sexual violence by participating in 2016 Denim Day. There are several simple ways for you to get involved this year.
Wear denim on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.
- Encourage your workplace, professional affiliates, family, friends, church group or even your favorite local barista to wear jeans on Denim Day.
- Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Share our posts to help raise awareness.
- Participate in our social media photo contest by sharing your photos with the hashtag #denimday.
- Print out flyer to hang at your workplace, school or group meeting place to let others know about Denim Day.
- Host a Dollars for Denim Day event at your community, school or workplace to benefit your local rape crisis center.