Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2021

Join WomenShelter of Long Beach this April 2021 for Sexual Assault Awareness Month! WSLB is collaborating with our community partners on a number of events to honor survivors, raise awareness, and educate the community about how to prevent sexual assault. We encourage our community members to show support for survivors during the month of April, and every month to follow. Below are sexual assault statistics from RAIIN.org:

  • 1 in 6 women in the United States has been the victim of rape (or attempted rape) in her lifetime
  • 1 in 33 men in the United States has been the victim of rape (or attempted rape) in his lifetime
  • 47% of transgender people are sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime
  • Every 73 seconds, a person in the U.S. is sexually assaulted
  • 63,000 children are the victims of sexual abuse each year
  • Only 5 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison
  • The majority of sexual assaults (55%) happen at or near the victim’s home, often by someone they know, and/or trust
  • Rape is the most under-reported crime; 63% of sexual assaults are not reported

Sexual assault is a horrific problem, but prevention is possible with ongoing awareness programs, events, and trainings. Please join WSLB to promote consent, respect, safety, the end of victim blaming, and stopping sexual assault before it occurs. We encourage you to use the hashtags #SAAM or #SexualAssaultAwarenessMonth to post on social media and any platform you have to spread the word to end sexual assault. Another way to participate this month is to wear the color teal to honor survivors and keep the conversation going.


View and Register for WomenShelter of Long Beach’s SAAM 21 Events below:

Rape Culture & Media Representations Presentation
WSLB x CSULB H.E.A.R.T. at the Beach Collaboration

April 12, 2021 @ 6:30-7:30pm (Zoom)

Join WSLB and CSULB H.E.A.R.T. at the Beach Student Organization for an educational presentation on “Rape Culture & Media Representations”! This presentation will cover an in-depth discussion of rape culture and how the media has perpetuated the objectification and sexualization of women and their bodies. Understanding the need for accurate and authentic representation about rape and sexual assault is important; therefore, we must break down and examine the different power structures involved, what rape myths and stereotypes are, and the influential role that mass media framing plays in shaping public discourse.


 

WSLB x YWCA of Greater Los Angeles Collaboration

April 13, 2021 @ 3-4:30pm (Zoom)

Join WSLB and YWCA of Greater Los Angeles for their collaborative educational presentation “When Home Hurts: Understanding Where Intimate Partner Violence & Sexual Abuse Intersect”! Sexual abuse in a relationship is rarely an isolated incident. It occurs alongside other forms of abusive behaviors, including physical, emotional, or financial abuse. In media representations, the narrative of sexual assault circulates around the idea that the perpetrator is often times a stranger or someone you do not know. However, sexual abuse occurs in relationships and even in marriage more than people recognize. Join our presentation to learn more about the intersections between intimate partner violence and sexual abuse.


 

Tie One! To End Child Abuse

April 22, 2021 @ All Day

Since 2015, the annual Tie One to End Child Abuse event is held during the month of April, which is both Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month. On April 22, 2021, we encourage you to wear a tie (or your pets can wear a tie!), download the Tie One to End Abuse sign, and write down one way you believe we all can help prevent child abuse. Take a selfie and post it on social media with the hashtags #TieOne #ChildAbusePreventionMonth #TieOne2021 to encourage awareness and participation in recognizing the importance for all good people to stand up for every child’s right to live safe from abuse and neglect.

Download Tie One to End Abuse Sign 

Read more here: www.tieone.org


 

Denim Day 2021

April 28, 2021 @ All Day

Denim Day is a campaign that annually brings awareness to the injustice acts of sexual assault and honors the victims and survivors. Denim Day began after an Italian Supreme Court ruling, which stated that a victim of rape, who was wearing “tight jeans”, must have helped the rapist take the jeans off and this signified consent. Following this ruling, the women in the Italian Parliament attended work wearing jeans to stand in solidarity with the victim.

We encourage you to wear jeans on April 28, 2021 and post a picture of yourself in jeans on social media! Be on the lookout for WSLB’s social media post on our staff in jean attire. Be sure to use the hashtag #DenimDay2021!

Read more here: www.denimdayinfo.org


 

There’s A Zine For That!: An Intro to Zine-Making & Its Healing Potential

April 29, 2021 @ 5-6pm (Zoom)

Join WSLB and zine maker Donald Collins @zineboyy for a Zine-Making Workshop! This zine workshop will discuss the origin, purpose, and nature of analog and digital zine-making, with a particular emphasis on the healing benefits of creating zines. By the end the workshop, attendees will have a working knowledge of zine history, familiarity with the vast possibilities of zine content, and time to create a zine of their own! This workshop will also provide a downloadable resource of links to more zine tutorials, websites of interesting zine-makers, and a list of stores where you can find zines in-person in California (once safe)! This workshop is suitable for any kind of audience, and especially those who wish to learn more about the history of zines, make their own zines, and practice self-care!

Materials needed:

  • One piece of paper that is at least 8 ½” x 11”
  • Assorted drawing/Writing Materials of your choice
    • Markers
    • Pens
    • Color pencils
    • Crayons
  • Stapler
  • Optional Collage Materials
    • Magazines
    • Scissors
    • Glue sticks
    • Double sided tape

(If you do not have access to zine making materials and would like to participate in our Zine Making Workshop, WSLB can provide you with materials at no charge. Please email Angela, the Outreach and Education Coordinator, at akim@womenshelterlb.org to arrange pickup.)


 

Book an “Affirmative Consent” Presentation!

The Outreach Department offers an engaging and in-depth presentation that goes through the definitions of affirmative consent based off of California Education Law “Yes Means Yes.” In this presentation, participants will apply what they learn to hypothetical scenarios of sexual decision-making and become more comfortable with asking for and receiving consent. It also covers the college Title IX reporting process, confidentiality, and resources available. In the University setting, around 90% of sexual assaults on campus involve survivors and perpetrators who knew each other. Approximately 50% of reported cases of sexual assault involve alcohol consumption by the survivor, perpetrator, or both. This presentation also considers how hook up culture and the influence of alcohol and drugs on the college campus impact increased sexual assault.

The “Affirmative Consent” presentation is recommended for those 18 and older. Contact Angela Kim, the Outreach and Education Coordinator, at akim@womenshelterlb.org if you are interested in having WomenShelter of Long Beach present for your organization, student group, and more!


Our events are free and open to all survivors, allies, service providers, activists, educators, students, community members, and people who want to learn more.

All events will be facilitated virtually, and Closed Captioning is available.

For any questions or accessibility info, email Angela Kim, Outreach and Education Coordinator, at akim@womenshelterlb.org.


Follow WomenShelter of Long Beach on social media @WomenShelterLB for event info, updates, and our SAAM 21 awareness campaign!