Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month Happenings



April 2021 marks the official 20th anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month (SAAM). For a complete history about the roots of SAAM, check out https://www.nsvrc.org/saam/history.


Many of Iowa's victim service programs throughout the state are hosting virtual and in-person events to raise awareness. Check out our full listing below. Have something to add? Email intern@iowacasa.org.


Monday, April 5, at 5:00pm

L.U.N.A. will host a conversation with Rosa Beltré, the Executive Director for the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, about sexual assault and the faith-based community. Find out more at www.facebook.com/LUNAIowa.


Tuesday, April 6, all day

April 6 is SAAM Day of Action! Wear teal — the color of sexual assault prevention — and share a selfie on Twitter and Instagram using #SAAM2021. Participating in the Day of Action is a great opportunity to show that you support survivors and that you’re a safe person for a survivor to reach out to.

Wednesday, April 7, at 10:00am

Crisis Intervention Service: Facebook Story Time

https://www.facebook.com/CIShelps

Join our Prevention Specialist Thomas Heiar as he reads a children’s book called “My body belongs to me” about body safety & trusted adults. During this time, Thomas will share the importance for every child to have a trusted adult in their life and respecting personal boundaries that keep all children safe from harm.


Wednesday, April 7, at 1:00 - 3:00pm

Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Center: Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development 3-Part Bilingual Workshop

We are going Virtual and Bilingual! Join Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development ZOOM workshops offered by Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center. These are free workshops and will benefit parents, grandparents, teachers, caretakers and any adult who works with children! This workshop is the first in a 3-part series, each workshop is 1 hour from 12:00-1:00pm Wednesdays in April. Live interpretation will be available and materials will be provided in English and Spanish. Please share these events with friends, neighbors, and other adults you know! Registration is required by Monday 4/5. https://bit.ly/CIACWorkshopRegistration


Wednesday, April 7, at 2:00 - 3:30pm

Arte Sana: La educación sexual como medida de prevención del abuso sexual Agueda Morgan, Director of Programs -CCASA y Renee Lopez, Bilingual Advocate/Latina Outreach Coordinator - Domestic Safety Resource Center - https://www.facebook.com/ArteSana.ALAS


Wednesday, April 7, at 5:30 - 7:30pm

Riverview Center: Take Back the Night

WHERE: Allison-Henderson Park (1500 Loras Blvd., Dubuque)

DESCRIPTION: We will be giving out SAAM medical masks and flameless candles. Doing a walk around the park, doing a vigil, and speakers from Loras College, University of Dubuque, and Clarke University. Riverview Center will have a table with resources and we will have advocates present to provide support for folx.


Monday, April 12, at 4:00pm

L.U.N.A. will host a conversation with Emiliano De Leon from TAASA, in a conversation about men as victims of sexual assault. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/LUNAIowa


Monday, April 12, at 7:00pm

Riverview Center: Dr. Jackson Katz (PhD) presentation "Culture of Respect: Ending Campus Sexual Violence"

WHERE: In Person: John and Alice Butler Hall Heritage Center on University of Dubuque Campus.

Free Ticket: Call 563-585-SHOW (7469)

Live Stream: www.facebook.com/UDubuque and www.youtube.com/UDBQMedia

DESCRIPTION: Dr. Jackson Katz is internationally renowned for his pioneering scholarship and activism on issues of gender, race, and violence. He is the co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Program at Northeast University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society. MVP introduced the bystander approach to the gender violence prevention field.


Wednesday, April 14, at 12:00 - 1:00pm

Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Center: Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development 3-Part Bilingual Workshop

We are going Virtual and Bilingual! Join Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development ZOOM workshops offered by Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center. These are free workshops and will benefit parents, grandparents, teachers, caretakers and any adult who works with children! This workshop is the first in a 3-part series, each workshop is 1 hour from 12:00-1:00pm Wednesdays in April. Live interpretation will be available and materials will be provided in English and Spanish. Please share these events with friends, neighbors, and other adults you know! Registration is required by Monday 4/5.https://bit.ly/CIACWorkshopRegistration


Wednesday, April 14, at 1:00 - 2:00pm

Monsoon: Community Listening Sessions on Sexual Violence Report: Sexual Violence in the Asian and Pacific Islander Communities in Iowa

From January 2021 to February 2021, Monsoon hosted six Community Listening Sessions on Sexual Violence(SV) beyond Intimate Partner Sexual Violence(IPSV) in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Iowa. Join us to learn about our findings. To register: http://bit.ly/3vFKzBg

Wednesday, April 14, at 7:00pm

Nevertheless Film Screening hosted by IowaCASA

Join us virtually for a special screening of the documentary film NEVERTHELESS, followed by an interactive panel. Register online to watch the film with us. You must register in order to watch the film.

For more information about the film screening, go to https://www.iowacasa.org/single-post/join-us-for-a-special-virtual-screening-of-nevertheless-documentary.


Thursday, April 15, at 11:30am - 1:00pm

Arte Sana: La conexión entre el racismo, la opresión y la violencia sexual

Rosa Beltré, Executive Director - OAESV - https://www.facebook.com/ArteSana.ALAS


Tuesday, April 20, at 3:00pm

Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Center: Overcoming Barriers to Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse 3-Part Bilingual Workshop

We are going Virtual and Bilingual! Join Overcoming Barriers to Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse ZOOM workshops offered by Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center. These are free workshops and will benefit parents, grandparents, teachers, caretakers and any adult who works with children! This workshop is the first in a 3-part series, each workshop is 1 hour from 3:00pm-4:00pm. Sessions will have live interpretation and materials will be provided in English and Spanish. Please share these events with friends, neighbors, and other adults you know! Click the link below to sign up. Registration is required by Sunday, April 18th!

https://bit.ly/CIACWorkshopRegistration


Wednesday, April 21, at 12:00 - 1:30pm

Arte Sana: El autocuidado

Irene Rodriguez, M.S., LMHC, CAP founder and director - Mindful Journey Center (Host: FCASV) - https://www.facebook.com/ArteSana.ALAS


Wednesday, April 21, at 12:00pm

Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Center: Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development 3-Part Bilingual Workshop

We are going Virtual and Bilingual! Join Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development ZOOM workshops offered by Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center. These are free workshops and will benefit parents, grandparents, teachers, caretakers and any adult who works with children! This workshop is the first in a 3-part series, each workshop is 1 hour from 12:00-1:00pm Wednesdays in April. Live interpretation will be available and materials will be provided in English and Spanish. Please share these events with friends, neighbors, and other adults you know! Registration is required by Monday 4/5. https://bit.ly/CIACWorkshopRegistration


Wednesday, April 21, at 1:00 - 2:30pm

Monsoon: Sexual Violence + Asian & Pacific Islander Communities

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. What does sexual violence and healing look like in the Asian & Pacific Islander communities? How do we create safe spaces to discuss sexual violence and healing?

To register, go to: http://bit.ly/30KaWHL

The webinar will be captioned and if you need interpretation, please contact mira@monsooniowa.org.

Wednesday, April 21, at 3:00pm

Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Center: Overcoming Barriers to Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse 3-Part Bilingual Workshop

We are going Virtual and Bilingual! Join Overcoming Barriers to Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse ZOOM workshops offered by Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center. These are free workshops and will benefit parents, grandparents, teachers, caretakers and any adult who works with children! This workshop is the first in a 3-part series, each workshop is 1 hour from 3:00pm-4:00pm. Sessions will have live interpretation and materials will be provided in English and Spanish. Please share these events with friends, neighbors, and other adults you know! Click the link below to sign up. Registration is required by Sunday, April 18th!

https://bit.ly/CIACWorkshopRegistration


Thursday, April 22 at 3:00pm

Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Center: Overcoming Barriers to Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse 3-Part Bilingual Workshop

We are going Virtual and Bilingual! Join Overcoming Barriers to Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse ZOOM workshops offered by Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center. These are free workshops and will benefit parents, grandparents, teachers, caretakers and any adult who works with children! This workshop is the first in a 3-part series, each workshop is 1 hour from 3:00pm-4:00pm. Sessions will have live interpretation and materials will be provided in English and Spanish. Please share these events with friends, neighbors, and other adults you know! Click the link below to sign up. Registration is required by Sunday, April 18th!

https://bit.ly/CIACWorkshopRegistration


Friday, April 23

Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Center: Do you see us? Do you hear us? Virtual Healing Art Gallery

Friday, April 23rd we will feature a virtual healing art gallery, a collection of art work created by survivors along their healing journey. Gallery will feature mixed media, photography, poetry, and more!

https://www.facebook.com/supportingsurvivors


Monday, April 26, at 6:00pm

L.U.N.A.

Special guest: 4 youth from Al Excito, talking about SA awareness in youth & children. Link to event: https://www.facebook.com/LUNAIowa


Tuesday, April 27, at 10:00 - 11:30am

Reclamando la sexualidad después de dejar una relación abusiva

Laura Zárate, Arte Sana (Host ACESDV

https://www.facebook.com/ArteSana.ALAS

Wednesday, April 28, at 3:00 - 5:00pm

Monsoon: Gamer Roundtable: Sexual Violence in Gaming Communities

We invite young adults for a virtual discussion with Iowa gamers about challenging sexism in gaming culture and sexual violence in gaming communities. If you need interpretation, contact Rose Annie Gonzales: Roseannie@monsooniowa.org. For more information, contact Nickie: Nickie@monsooniowa.org

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/2ZwUfiq


Wednesday, April 28 at 4:30pm

IA Victim Service Call Center

The title of the webinar is “#LGBTQToo: Sexual Abuse in the LGBTQIA+ Community”. This event is intended to spread awareness about sexual abuse and the specific ways that members of the LGBTQIA+ community might experience it. LGBTQ advocates and crime victim advocates will also talk about where LGBTQIA+ victims of abuse can find help to navigate an abusive situation or in the aftermath of an assault. Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81403855087?pwd=Y3BTMjNabUtzb2wxalNIM3FaM2JRd z09


Thursday, April 29, at 1:00 - 2:30pm

Monsoon: Virginity Dialogues

Five Women explore bodily tissues and issues through a cultural lens in this staged reading. Written by Lata D’Mello. To register: http://bit.ly/3eUcasj


Thursday, April 29

Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Center: #TBT Denim Day Dance Party

Denim day is April 28th this year, so on Thursday we’ll throw it back and wear our best Canadian tuxedos to a virtual dance party! Wear what makes you feel good (denim or otherwise), come alone or bring your crew, and get ready to boogie!

https://www.facebook.com/supportingsurvivors


Friday, April 30, at 3:00 - 5:00pm

Monsoon: Sex Jeopardy

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, so we invite college students to learn through competitive fun about sexual violence and consent. If you need interpretation, contact Rose Annie Gonzales: Roseannie@monsooniowa.org. For more information, contact Nickie: Nickie@monsooniowa.org

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/2P7Drg7


April 18 - 24th

La Luz: We Believe You/Yo te creo

Informational Video Series in Spanish with English subtitles regarding information and statistics around Sexual Violence. One video per day will be posted on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LaLuzCC/


The entire month of April:

Crisis Intervention Service:

Hamilton/Humboldt/Wright Counties

Rock of Hope: Rock painting by advocate and hidden throughout the counties for others to find. Pictures will be posted on CIS Facebook page. This will be occurring throughout the month.

Cerro Gordo County

Flat SAAM- Based on the Flat Stanley project… Flat SAAM is sent into the community to raise awareness that sexual assault impacts all aspects of life. Community members will take photos with Flat SAAM and it will be uploaded to social media throughout the month.


Kossuth/Winnebago/Hancock Counties

Painted Rocks- Painting Rocks Teal with SAAM or Sexual Assault Awareness Month on them and putting them around the counties for others to find. Picture will be posted on the CIS Facebook page. This will be occurring throughout the month.


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