Want to know how you can show your support for sexual assault survivors today? Simply just wear teal!
Today we wear teal for sexual assault survivors that we believe, support, and stand with them. Let survivors know you support them and are a safe place for them to come to. Let’s LIGHT IT UP TEAL for survivors of sexual assault and let them know they are not alone & will be believed NO MATTER WHAT!
Chances are someone in your life is a survivor of sexual assault.
We asked our community agencies, IRSC staff, community, state attorneys Office, & students to wear teal today to show their support – AND THEY DID JUST THAT Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, & Okeechobee State Attorneys Office Staff Inner Truth Project IRSC IRSC Student Engagement & Leadership Promoting Education and Awareness about Campus Emotional Health at IRSC IRSC WQCS Radio Community SafeSpace Victim Advocates Child Advocacy Center Nails & Makeup
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐒𝐢𝐱: 𝑇𝑒𝑎𝑙 𝑅𝑖𝑏𝑏𝑜𝑛 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑊𝑖𝑙𝑑
Our little teal ribbon traveled near & far! From bikes to IRSC campus to flowers and trees. To offices and signs. From benches to football fields.
This little ribbon wanted to spread the word for sexual assault awareness month by even hopping on the motor bikes on campus to GO! The little one really loved being in nature if you couldn’t tell!
Yesterday was Day of Action and ALL of our little teal ribbons went from county to county & through the community! If you haven’t checked it out scroll drown to our post from Day 5! See if you can spot someone you know or even if you recognize where the ribbons were in the photos
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐒𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧: 𝐻𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑤𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑛 𝑊𝑜𝑟𝑑𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝐸𝑛𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑎𝑔𝑒𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐄𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭: 𝐻𝑜𝑤 𝐼 𝐺𝑒𝑡 𝐷𝑖𝑔𝑖𝑡𝑎𝑙 𝐶𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑡
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐍𝐢𝐧𝐞: 𝑆𝑒𝑙𝑓-𝐶𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑆𝑛𝑎𝑐𝑘 𝐸𝑥𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐓𝐞𝐧: 𝐿𝑒𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑜𝑓 𝑆𝑢𝑝𝑝𝑜𝑟𝑡
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐄𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧: 𝑆𝑎𝑓𝑒𝑟 𝑂𝑛𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑒 𝑆𝑝𝑎𝑐𝑒𝑠 𝐼𝑛 𝐴𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐓𝐰𝐞𝐥𝐯𝐞: 𝑇ℎ𝑟𝑒𝑒 𝑇ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑠 𝐼 𝑈𝑠𝑒 𝑇𝑜 𝑆𝑡𝑎𝑦 𝐺𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑑
Angela: Her adorable nephew, her lovely boyfriend, and traveling/nature. My nephews laughter calms me during a stressful day, my honey bun reminds me to keep going at times where life seems to be chaotic, and nature and traveling connects me to God’s creations that remind me to appreciate life and all that I have. I am truly blessed. 👦🏻👩❤️💋👨✈️🌇✨
Siobhan: Her furdaughter, family/friends, and driving in the car with music blaring starring at a sunrise/sunset.
My babygirl was my saving grace during a rough time & that is why I named her Gracie; when you’re having a bad day and come home to that face licking you to death with her tail wagging of excitement it just makes any day better.
My family and friends have been there for through the good and bad; and stayed. I lean on them for a lot of support when I am having those bad days. Because whoever you are we ALL DO GET THOSE DAYS!
I love to see a sunrise/sunset to remind myself that tomorrow is a new day and to not dwell on what happened today. I love listening to music while driving as an escape from rough days. It’s free therapy.💖🐶🏡👯♀️
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐧: 𝑇ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝐼𝑠 𝑊ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝐴𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑠𝑚 𝐿𝑜𝑜𝑘𝑠 𝐿𝑖𝑘𝑒
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐅𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐧: 𝐷𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑀𝑦 𝑃𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑇ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝐴𝑟𝑡
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐅𝐢𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐧: 𝑃𝑜𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑆ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑂𝑢𝑡
Day 16: An Activist’s Desk
Being advocates we take on a lot through helping others through their traumas. We love being that support for survivors, but in order to keep being that support it is SO IMPORTANT for us to relax & recharge our own mental health. Just like when you are on a plane and they go over the instructions for the oxygen mask. ”If you are traveling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask on first, and then assist the other person.” Just like as advocates or supporters for survivors we have to make sure we are okay before helping any one else.
How do you relax? Yoga to center ourselves, sunrise walks with your dog to energize ourselves, or going to the beach and listening to the waves crash as a sense of calm & peace? Which one do you prefer more?
♡︎ Rest, Recharge, & Refuel ♡︎
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐒𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐧: 𝑂𝑛𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑒 𝑆𝑢𝑝𝑝𝑜𝑟𝑡
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐄𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐧: 𝑇𝑒𝑟𝑚𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝐾𝑛𝑜𝑤
❣︎ Bystander Intervention ❣︎
We all are awaiting the day when there’s no more sexual violence, right? Well in order for us to get to that day we have to learn, share, and educate with others.
Want to know where to start?!
Bystander Intervention Training
Trained in Green Dot
Organize Outreach Events
Celebrate SAAM annually
Post on Social Media
If you are not in our area please reach out to your local rape crisis center for more resources about bystander intervention and if there are any programs already in place for green dot at you local college or throughout your community.
♡︎ 𝕂𝕟𝕠𝕨𝕝𝕖𝕕𝕘𝕖 𝕚𝕤 𝕡𝕠𝕨𝕖𝕣 ♡︎
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐍𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐧: 𝑆ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑒 𝐴 𝐿𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑜𝑛 𝐿𝑜𝑐𝑎𝑙 𝑆𝑢𝑝𝑝𝑜𝑟𝑡
Did you know last year the Sexual Assault Assistance Program served 668 survivors of sexual assault? Among those 84% identified as female, 20% were Hispanic, & 46% between the ages of 18-64. We are here for you. Do not hesitate to call, message us, or walk into our offices. Our advocates are ready to hear you and listen to you. You will always be believed here no matter what.
Our advocates really love to have their offices decorated for not only themselves, but for any victim/survivors that enters the office. We want to provide our office as a safe place for them to drop their worries and problems. We want our offices to be their place of comfort. Signs of support, quotes on the walls, decorations, flowers/plants, SAAM materials, and more. Our office is your office💛
We even had one of @safespacefl advocates’s share her space to celebrate SAAM because she supports and believes survivors and wants to share that with anyone who enters her doors!
♡︎ 𝕆𝕦𝕣 𝕕𝕠𝕠𝕣𝕤 𝕒𝕣𝕖 𝔸𝕃𝕎𝔸𝕐𝕊 𝕠𝕡𝕖𝕟 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕪𝕠𝕦 ♡︎
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐓𝐰𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐲-𝐎𝐧𝐞: 𝑆𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝐼 𝑀𝑎𝑑𝑒
How to support a survivor of sexual assault? It’s very simple just 𝐁𝐄𝐋𝐈𝐄𝐕𝐄 𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐌! Our program is here for you 365 days of the year with our 24/7 Confidential Rape Crisis Helpline 1-866-828-7273. If you are a supporter of a survivor here are some ways you can offer support:
Give them control.
Assure them of your support.
Encourage counseling (let them decide).
Give them respect.
Respect their personal boundaries.
Listen to them.
Support them always.
Don’t minimize what happened to them
Advise them it’s okay to not be okay.
♡︎ 𝔸𝕤𝕜𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕙𝕖𝕝𝕡 𝕚𝕤𝕟’𝕥 𝕒 𝕤𝕚𝕘𝕟 𝕠𝕗 𝕨𝕖𝕒𝕜𝕟𝕖𝕤𝕤 ♡︎
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐓𝐰𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐲-𝐓𝐰𝐨: 𝐶𝑟𝑜𝑠𝑠 𝑃𝑟𝑜𝑚𝑜𝑡𝑒
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐓𝐰𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐲-𝐓𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐞: 𝑆ℎ𝑜𝑤 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑆ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑒
Todays prompt is showing an object that represents our commitment to ending sexual violence. We had to think about this one because not just 𝐎𝐍𝐄 object could put an end to sexual violence, but there is one 𝐌𝐀𝐉𝐎𝐑 impact that could…𝕌ℕ𝕀𝕋𝕐.
Not just unity but community unity. Connecting with the community in so many different ways. All populations and identities coming together to fight to end sexual violence. The ribbon signifies to us the symbol of support for sexual assault survivors. We wear teal to show support in the form of the ribbon.
The ribbon is so minor in the grand scheme of things, 𝐁𝐔𝐓 if I’m wearing a ribbon someone 𝐖𝐈𝐋𝐋 𝐀𝐒𝐊 who I wear it for and my answer will 𝐀𝐋𝐖𝐀𝐘𝐒 be:
Those who don’t have a voice to speak up.
Those who are too scared to share their story.
Those who have shared their story.
Those who are currently fighting for their justice.
Those who speak up and against sexual violence.
Those who are supporters.
Those who are allies.
Those who are fighting for rights.
Those who are activists.
Those who are advocates.
Those who help survivors heal.
Those fighting for the greater good of equality.
Those who are survivors.
♡︎ 𝐘𝐎𝐔 & 𝐌𝐄 ♡︎
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐓𝐰𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐲-𝐅𝐨𝐮𝐫: 𝑅𝑒𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝐼𝑛𝑐𝑙𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑡𝑦
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐓𝐰𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐲-𝐅𝐢𝐯𝐞: 𝑃𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝐾𝑛𝑜𝑤
We couldn’t pick just one person you should know who is fighting to end sexual violence; instead we picked 4 women who we believe are people you should know if you didn’t already.
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐓𝐰𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐲-𝐒𝐢𝐱: 𝑂𝑛𝑒 𝑇𝑎𝑘𝑒𝑎𝑤𝑎𝑦 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑆𝐴𝐴𝑀 2022
𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐓𝐰𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐲-𝐒𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧: 𝐷𝑒𝑛𝑖𝑚 𝐷𝑎𝑦
Today is Denim Day and @innertruthproject , @irscriverlife , @irsctheriver , @saaptc19 , 19th Circuit State Attorneys Office, @portstluciepd , @safespacefl , @jlindianriver , UP Center, @cilotcvictimservices and people in our community want you to know we 𝐀𝐑𝐄 𝐓𝐀𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐀 𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐀𝐆𝐀𝐈𝐍𝐒𝐓 𝐒𝐄𝐗𝐔𝐀𝐋 𝐕𝐈𝐎𝐋𝐄𝐍𝐂𝐄 𝐁𝐘 𝐖𝐄𝐀𝐑𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐃𝐄𝐍𝐈𝐌!
If you would like to know all about how denim day started look at our video below and see how 23 years later we’re making even more strides, but we still have a long way to go to protest the myths for survivors of sexual assault.
It doesn’t matter what you were wearing. Clothing doesn’t equal voluntary consent!
Not only today, but everyday we stand in solidarity for all survivors of sexual assault by educating the community on prevention and awareness for any type of sexual violence. We wear jeans with a purpose to support, believe, and stand with survivors year long