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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)


Help raise awareness about sexual assault.

Sexual violence is any sexual activity where consent is not obtained or not freely given. It impacts every community and affects people of all genders, sexual orientations, and ages. The perpetrator of sexual violence is usually someone the victim knows, such as a friend, current or former intimate partner, coworker, neighbor, or family member. It can occur in person or through technology, such as posting or sharing sexual pictures of someone without their consent, or non-consensual sexting.

The term "sexual violence" is an all-encompassing, non-legal term that refers to crimes like sexual assault, rape, and various forms of sexual abuse including sexual harassment.

  • Every 68 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted.
  • Every 9 minutes, that victim is a child.
  • 2 out of 3 sexual assaults go unreported.
  • Females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.

No one person, organization, agency, or community can eliminate sexual assault on their own. We must work together to educate our entire community about what can be done to prevent sexual assault while supporting individuals and their significant others, families, neighbors, or colleagues. We need to increase support for organizations that provide services and advocacy for everyone affected by violent crime.

Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services continues its effort to bring real hope for eliminating the tragedy of sexual violence to create a future where all women, men, and children can live free from violence and exploitation.


Wear Teal Day

April 5th is wear teal day! Show your support to those impacted by sexual violence by wearing a shirt, ribbon, or other accessory, and share a selfie or create a photo collage with your friends, co-workers, family, or teammates. Show us your teal look! Use the hashtags:

#WCYFS #SAAM2022 #WearTealDay

Teal Sand Project

Help us bring awareness and open dialogues by displaying our Teal Sand Project! We provide the sand and posters for your location. Our team will join you to help fill out the cracks or grout in a sidewalk, main entrance, or courtyard at your location. We will highlight the different locations through the month of April in our social media.

DONATE: Denim Day, April 27th

Join this easy and fun way to help make a difference! Challenge your teams, or friends, to wear denim on April 27th and pay $5, or ripped jeans and donate $10. All donations made to WCYFS will go to provide services to individuals impacted by sexual violence.

Here is how to donate:


Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok for daily news, tips, and resources. To help raise awareness share our posts and use the hashtags #WCYFS #SAAM2022 and #WearTealDay


Invite us to speak at your business or organization about our programs and services. Those interested, please fill out the WCYFS Presentation Request.

Need Help? Call our Youth 24-Hour Helpline at (209) 465-4997

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