Mazzoni Center Recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness and Advocacy Month

Mazzoni Center Recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness and Advocacy Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Advocacy Month, or SAAAM. SAAAM was started 22 years ago to coordinate nationwide prevention and advocacy efforts on behalf of sexual violence survivors.

Mazzoni Center is proud to use the month of April to bring further awareness to the unique experiences of survivors within the LGBTQ+ community, a community that does not often receive support in the mainstream sexual violence movement despite facing extremely high rates of sexual violence.

This month, Mazzoni Center is offering dynamic educational programming to inform folks on how sexual violence affects the queer and trans community and to offer survivors tools and support as they navigate life after sexual violence. Mazzoni Center’s Instagram will feature posts that highlight rates of sexual violence for LGBTQ+ folks, videos on grounding techniques to calm down when something is triggering, and education on the BEST method for supporting survivors.

From April 10 through April 21, the Center will be featuring a poster project at the Bainbridge location that asks participants “What would a world without sexual violence look like?” Folks are welcome to write their responses on sticky notes and join us as we envision a better world. On Monday, April 24th at 6 pm, Mazzoni Center is hosting a panel on trans survivorship and healing, showcasing trans survivors and their experiences after sexual violence. Those interested in participating can sign up for the panel here.

We hope you will join us as we honor queer and trans survivors of sexual violence for Sexual Assault Awareness and Advocacy Month.

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This project was supported by 15JOVW-22-GG-00404-UNDE awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.

The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.