April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Published: April 4, 2019

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Chelsea Beauchamp; Marketing Manager



INDIANAPOLIS, IN— MARCH 27, 2019. Families First Kicks Off Sexual Assault Awareness Month As part of the national 2019 “I Ask” Campaign. This April, Families First will collaborate with the broader community as part of its annual Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign. This year’s theme, “I Ask” builds on the idea that consent is a healthy, normal, and necessary part of everyday interactions. “I Ask” will champion the power of asking — whether it be asking to hold someone’s hand, for permission to share personal information with others, or if a partner is interested in sex. It will also highlight the importance of listening to and accepting the answer without pressuring someone to change their mind.

During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Families First will bring the theme of “I Ask” to life by co-hosting, with Cohen & Malad, LLP, a FREE public event. Margaret Hoelzer is a double Olympian and three-time Olympic Medalist in Swimming, former World Record holder, 22-time All- American and a 6-time National Champion. At this event, Margaret will share her personal experience as a survivor of sexual abuse. Guests will learn how to focus on lighting the path toward healing, whether for themselves or someone they know.

Event: Trail to Triumph with Margaret Hoelzer

Date: April 12th, 2019 @ 3pm

Location: IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law

530 West New York Street

Indianapolis, IN 46202

RSVP: https://www.familiesfirstindiana.org/triumph

During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Families First will also be participating and invites the public to join them, in ICESA’s Teal the Canal event and Victim Rights week in Indianapolis, IUPUI’s clothesline project, and providing presentations to students on various Indianapolis campuses.

We know that one month isn’t enough to solve the serious and widespread issue of sexual violence” says David Siler, President & CEO of Families First, “However, the attention April generates is an opportunity to energize and expand prevention efforts throughout the year. We all have a role to play in the prevention of sexual assault, and Families First takes this seriously.”

Beyond SAAM activities this April, Families First leads a wide range of initiatives to prevent and support individuals affected by sexual assault. Families First Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) provides information, advocacy, case management, counseling, support groups, community education, 24-hour crisis hotline and trauma-informed training.