Sexual Assault Awareness Throughout King County

This April, we called on you to raise your voices during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).

During SAAM, we come together to raise public awareness about sexual violence, educate communities on how to prevent it, and give individuals the chance to speak out.

More than ever before, cities, communities, and individuals committed to ending sexual violence this April. Below, we highlight your successes across the county!

Proclaiming Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Thirty cities from King County, along with the King County City Council, joined KCSARC and other sexual assault service agencies in declaring April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Mayor Denis Law of Renton and Deanna Dawson, Executive Director of the Sound Cities Association (pictured to the right) helped to spearhead this effort—their leadership highlighted the importance of committing to ending sexual violence.

The following cities issued a Sexual Assault Awareness Month proclamation.

Algona Des Moines Lake Forest Park Sammamish
Auburn Duvall Maple Valley SeaTac
Bellevue Federal Way Mercer Island Seattle
Black Diamond Issaquah Newcastle Shoreline
Bothell Kenmore Normandy Park Snoqualmie
Burien Kent Pacific Tukwila
Carnation Redmond Woodinville Covington
Kirkland Renton
 
 

One way to affirm this important awareness-building declaration is to call your city council members and thank them for the time and energy they put into raising awareness around sexual assault with the following message:

“My name is [YOUR NAME] and I live in your city. I want to thank the [YOUR CITY] City Council for issuing a proclamation declaring April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual assault is a critical issue to tackle in our community, and raising awareness is the first step in ensuring victims get the support they deserve.”

Let us know you called at externalrelations@kcsarc.org!

Don’t see your city on this list? Call your city council members and let them know that 30 other King County cities participated in 2017:

“My name is [YOUR NAME] and I live in your city. April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and I know that 30 other King County cities declared it so. I hope that next year, you will prioritize issuing a proclamation declaring April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual assault is a critical issue to tackle in our community, and raising awareness is the first step in ensuring victims get the support they deserve.”

Let us know you called at externalrelations@kcsarc.org!

Rallying Support to Provide Prevention Education Materials

You helped to raise over $5,000 in support of sexual assault prevention education materials this April at our Treat Yourself: Cupcakes & Shoe Shopping for a Good Cause event, held at John Fluevog in downtown Seattle. These gifts will go towards helping classrooms, school groups, and teams access sexual assault prevention education resources!

Throughout the month, we shared survivors’ stories through our Amplified Stories project. We know that shared experiences hold the power to validate, heal, and change—and we will continue to give platforms to those who have experienced sexual violence to raise their voices.
 

Amplifying the Voices of Survivors
If you missed the opportunity to make an impact, we are still accepting gifts online.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month has come to a close, but the work of raising awareness about sexual assault and ultimately putting an end to sexual violence is far from over.

We encourage you to continue to START CONVERSATIONS online and in person; BELIEVE & LISTEN to survivors; SHARE your story; and MAKE CONTRIBUTIONS to organizations like KCSARC that work with citizens like you to end sexual violence.

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