Amador County (April, 2018) - Our words shape the world around us. How we talk about sexual violence matters. As we have seen in the past months, individuals and communities can use their voice to make a true impact and become an agent for change.
According to the National Violence Resource Center, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old, and one in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives*. We each have a unique role to play in prevention and changing a culture that allows this to happen. When we reflect on and change how we think and talk about the issue of sexual violence and consent, we can create a culture of respect, equality, and safety.
All of our voices have power. It's time for everyone to find that voice and embrace it.
As Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) approaches, Operation Care, a local non-profit who helps victims of sexual assault and domestic violence is taking a stand against violence and engaging bystanders to use their voices and take action. The organization's executive director, Tammie Crabtree noted, "Clients may come to Operation Care feeling hopeless, powerless, alone, and afraid. With help through support and education, the ultimate goal is they will find their voice and all the power it holds."
During the month of April, Operation Care is encouraging Amador County residents to speak out against sexual violence, and to participate in one or more of the events and activities the organization has planned for the month:
Baskets filled with pens, stickers, lapel pins, and car magnets can be found at various locations throughout the county. Spread the word and invite friends and family to show their support by wearing teal and speaking up against sexual violence. For the locations of the baskets or if you would like to have a basket for your place of business, please contact Operation Care at 209-223-2897.
Join in the movement to end the silence and end the violence. Say NO MORE and make domestic violence and sexual assault awareness and prevention a priority year-round. During No More week in early March, Operation Care staff, community agencies and individuals donned NO MORE tee shirts and held up posters proclaiming their commitment to end the violence. For more information gohttps://operationcare.org/no-more/
APRIL 8 - 14 Crime Victims' Rights Week In observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, Operation Care staff and a family member of a domestic violence victim will be visiting the Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, and the California Youth Authority in Pine Grove. They will be speaking to inmates about the effects of violence on victims and their families. For more information about National Crime Victims' Rights Week visithttps://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw/.
Denim Day- April 25th
Enjoy refreshments from 10am - 2pm at Petkovich Park in Jackson. Operation Care staff and board members will be on hand to talk about the services provided for victims and their families.
Wear denim in order to raise awareness against rape and sexual violence.The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) and Operation Care encourage all legislators and staff to wear jeans on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, to raise awareness about sexual assault and show support for victims of sexual assault. Denim Day was established in 1996 when the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape case. In this case, the perpetrator, who had been previously convicted for sexual assault, argued that because the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped the perpetrator take off her pants during her assault, therefore making it consensual. This decision created a widespread campaign known as "Denim Day" in which jeans are worn on the last Wednesday of April to protest sexual violence.
So stand up Amador, and embrace your voice to make a difference against sexual violence.
About Operation Care Operation Care has been providing help for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence since 1980. Advocates and volunteers are available 24 hours a day to provide crisis intervention, safe shelter, peer counseling, help with restraining orders, and transportation to court or other appointments. Prevention education and youth programs promote healthy relationships, as well as educating people about the effects of domestic violence and sexual assault on families and the community.