One Little Known Fact April

Oh, happy day!  I was able to take a great wildflower hike last Monday with friends.  There is such glory for me as I marvel in God’s beautiful colors, and how the seeds spread to produce more, as well as the joy of relationship with friends.

“Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is an annual campaign to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.[1] It is observed in April.

Each year during the month of April, state, territory, tribal and community-based organizations, rape crisis centers, government agencies, businesses, campuses and individuals plan events and activities to highlight sexual violence as a public health, human rights and social justice issue and reinforce the need for prevention efforts.

The theme, slogan, resources and materials for the national SAAM campaign are coordinated by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center each year with assistance from anti-sexual assault organizations throughout the United States…In 2009, President Obama was the first United States president to proclaim April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.[1]

April is also sexually transmitted disease awareness month in the United States, started in 2009 to promote education about STDs and prevention.”  Wikipedia.

As I have in my book Redeem The Silence; An Unintended Journey, this month has been known as ‘wear bluejeans to work month’ to represent Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Awareness is great and fabulous.  The symbols representing it are increasing.  I have to rejoice in this progress.   I just ordered a turquoise ribbon to wear all month.

Like all great movements (Civil Rights for one) they start like seeds in the ground.  Over the years some sprout here and there.  Gradually they grow and people can change.  This awareness movement is such a seed.  I want to add to the spring garden with planting seeds to grow beyond awareness to education for a compassionate response, overcoming fears of even saying words like rape to take the power out of them, and growing resources for healing for survivors.

There are many lies and fears that block what is needed for survivors to get help.  There is profound ignorance about sexual assault prevalence, the current problems survivors have, and how those ‘dots’ connect to the brain.

And then there is the ignorance that survivors have. They they even have ‘brain damage’ (so to speak) from what had happened to them and how it is affecting them.  Others around them don’t think they see the damage, but it does ‘leak.’ We don’t want to hurt them by our responses or lack thereof, but we often do.

Let’s plant and grow the seeds that will overcome the ignorance regarding sexual assault and promote healing.  Survivors do not have to be stuck with the damage someone else did to them, they can find joy.

 

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