SAAM 2022



๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ž๐ง๐ž: ๐‘†โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐ด๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘ก ๐‘†๐ด๐ด๐‘€ ๐‘‚๐‘›๐‘™๐‘–๐‘›๐‘’


๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐“๐ฐ๐—ผ: ๐‘†๐ด๐ด๐‘€ ๐ธ๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก ๐‘†โ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘ก-๐‘‚๐‘ข๐‘ก


๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐“๐ก๐ซ๐ž๐ž: ๐˜”๐˜บ ๐˜”๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜›๐˜ฐ ๐˜š๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ด


๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐…๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ: ๐ผ๐‘›๐‘“๐‘œ ๐‘‡๐‘œ ๐พ๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ค


๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐…๐ข๐ฏ๐ž: ๐‘†๐ด๐ด๐‘€ ๐ท๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐ด๐‘๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘›

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. Letโ€™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 THAT๐Ÿค
๐ŸŽ—Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, & Okeechobee State Attorneys Office Staff
๐ŸŽ—Inner Truth Project
๐ŸŽ— IRSC IRSC Student Engagement & Leadership Promoting Education and Awareness about Campus Emotional Health at IRSC
๐ŸŽ— IRSC WQCS Radio
๐ŸŽ— Community
๐ŸŽ— SafeSpace
๐ŸŽ— Victim Advocates
๐ŸŽ— Child Advocacy Center
๐ŸŽ— Nails & Makeup

๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐’๐ข๐ฑ: ๐‘‡๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐‘…๐‘–๐‘๐‘๐‘œ๐‘› ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘Š๐‘–๐‘™๐‘‘

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 couldnโ€™t tell!

Yesterday was Day of Action and ALL of our little teal ribbons went from county to county & through the community! If you havenโ€™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 photos๐Ÿ™ƒ


๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐’๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง: ๐ป๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘ค๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘› ๐‘Š๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘‘๐‘  ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐ธ๐‘›๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž๐‘”๐‘’๐‘š๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก


๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐„๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ: ๐ป๐‘œ๐‘ค ๐ผ ๐บ๐‘’๐‘ก ๐ท๐‘–๐‘”๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐ถ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก

It doesnโ€™t matter if youโ€™re in a relationship or if itโ€™s someone you donโ€™t knowโ€ฆ๐€๐‹๐–๐€๐˜๐’ ๐†๐„๐“ ๐‚๐Ž๐๐’๐„๐๐“!

If you arenโ€™t comfortable doing something please vocalize it to your partnerโ€ฆin this video we have a couple texting and the sender is wanting to send their partner photos and asks them for consentโ€ฆthe partner who is receiving this text shares how they arenโ€™t comfortable doing that if itโ€™s okayโ€ฆ

Itโ€™s okay to ask for consent and them say no, but when they say no listen and donโ€™t reactโ€ฆjust say thatโ€™s ok whatever you want to do is good with me!! And then proceeded to go about asking about their weekend plans.

You want your partner to be comfortable so ๐€๐‹๐–๐€๐˜๐’ ๐€๐’๐Š ๐“๐‡๐„๐Œ ๐…๐Ž๐‘ ๐‚๐Ž๐๐’๐„๐๐“ ๐๐„๐…๐Ž๐‘๐„ ๐€๐๐˜๐“๐‡๐ˆ๐๐†๐Ÿค

๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐๐ข๐ง๐ž: ๐‘†๐‘’๐‘™๐‘“-๐ถ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘†๐‘›๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘˜ ๐ธ๐‘ฅ๐‘โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘”๐‘’

๐’ฎโ„ด๐“‚โ„ฏ๐“‰๐’พ๐“‚โ„ฏ๐“ˆ ๐’ถ๐“๐“ ๐“Œโ„ฏ ๐“ƒโ„ฏโ„ฏ๐’น ๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐’ถ ๐“๐’พ๐“‰๐“‰๐“โ„ฏ ๐’ธ๐’ฝโ„ด๐’ธโ„ด๐“๐’ถ๐“‰โ„ฏ ๐“‰โ„ด ๐“‚๐’ถ๐“€โ„ฏ ๐“Š๐“ˆ ๐’ปโ„ฏโ„ฏ๐“ ๐’ทโ„ฏ๐“‰๐“‰โ„ฏ๐“‡๐Ÿฅฐ

Our Outreach Coordinator, Siobhan, loves to make chocolate covered strawberries on her down timeโ€ฆshe even made it as a side business๐Ÿ™ƒ

What she loves most about making them is the joy she brings to others when they enjoy them! Nothing says happiness like chocolate! It may seem stressful, but she says it actually calms her and puts her at peace making them! ๐Ÿ˜‹

If you havenโ€™t had one of these delicious treats yet ๐˜๐Ž๐” ๐€๐‘๐„ ๐Œ๐ˆ๐’๐’๐ˆ๐๐† ๐Ž๐”๐“! ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ“

๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐“๐ž๐ง: ๐ฟ๐‘’๐‘ก๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘†๐‘ข๐‘๐‘๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก

Words hold so much meaning to someone. Words are the thoughts of someone you canโ€™t hear. Something as simple as words can make someoneโ€™s day. The saying itโ€™s the little things in life that really matter? Is true. Survivors need words too. Saying ๐ˆ ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ, ๐ˆ ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ, ๐ˆ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ, & ๐ˆ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ could impact their lives. Itโ€™s scary to be vulnerable, but itโ€™s even scarier to share our own truths. Embrace them and support them each and every day. Chances are you know a survivor so show them you are a safe place for them to come to.

๐š†๐šŠ๐š๐šŒ๐š‘๐š’๐š—๐š ๐šข๐š˜๐šž๐š› ๐šœ๐š๐š›๐šŽ๐š—๐š๐š๐š‘ ๐š”๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š™๐šœ ๐šž๐šœ ๐š๐š˜๐š’๐š—๐š. ๐šˆ๐š˜๐šž ๐šŠ๐š›๐šŽ ๐š˜๐šž๐š› ๐š‘๐šŽ๐š›๐š˜๐šŽ๐šœ ๐š‹๐šข ๐šข๐š˜๐šž๐š› ๐šœ๐š๐š›๐šŽ๐š—๐š๐š๐š‘ ๐šŠ๐š•๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ๐Ÿ’›

๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐„๐ฅ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง: ๐‘†๐‘Ž๐‘“๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘‚๐‘›๐‘™๐‘–๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘†๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘’๐‘  ๐ผ๐‘› ๐ด๐‘๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘›

No matter if in person or virtually we abide by the same rules. We do not judge, victim shame, victim blame, disrespect, or other people. If you notice at any time any of these things please report it.

Confidentiality will be practiced in ALL SITUATIONS with survivors from all participants including other survivors. If you violate any of these conditions we will ask you kindly to remove yourself.

Survivors deserve every ounce of privacy and respect as others; and even more so because their power was taken from them from their assaulters.

๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐“๐ฐ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฏ๐ž: ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘’ ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘”๐‘  ๐ผ ๐‘ˆ๐‘ ๐‘’ ๐‘‡๐‘œ ๐‘†๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ ๐บ๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘‘

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 Godโ€™s creations that remind me to appreciate life and all that I have. I am truly blessed. ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿ’‹โ€๐Ÿ‘จโœˆ๏ธ๐ŸŒ‡โœจ

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 youโ€™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. Itโ€™s free therapy.๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿถ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ

๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐“๐ก๐ข๐ซ๐ญ๐ž๐ž๐ง: ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘–๐‘  ๐ผ๐‘  ๐‘Šโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐ด๐‘๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘š ๐ฟ๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘˜๐‘  ๐ฟ๐‘–๐‘˜๐‘’


๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐…๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ญ๐ž๐ž๐ง: ๐ท๐‘œ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘€๐‘ฆ ๐‘ƒ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘”โ„Ž ๐ด๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก


๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐…๐ข๐Ÿ๐ญ๐ž๐ž๐ง: ๐‘ƒ๐‘œ๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘ฆ ๐‘†โ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘ก ๐‘‚๐‘ข๐‘ก

โ€œBe strong because things will get better. It may be stormy now, but it never rains forever.โ€

People think being positive is something that comes easily to most, but every one struggles with self-esteem & confidence issues in their lifetime. When someone has gone through something traumatic those feelings are even more heightened & become worse. Being positive isnโ€™t just saying words, but living through those words. Today we want you to shout these affirmations and know ๐ˆ๐“ ๐ˆ๐’ ๐Ž๐Š๐€๐˜ ๐“๐Ž ๐๐Ž๐“ ๐๐„ ๐Ž๐Š๐€๐˜.

โ™ก๏ธŽ โ„๐•–๐•”๐•š๐•ฅ๐•–, ๐•ƒ๐•š๐•ค๐•ฅ๐•–๐•Ÿ, ๐•ƒ๐•š๐•ง๐•–, & โ„๐•–๐•ก๐•–๐•’๐•ฅ โ™ก๏ธŽ

Day 16: An Activistโ€™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. โ€If you are traveling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask on first, and then assist the other person.โ€ 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?

โ™ก๏ธŽ Rest, Recharge, & Refuel โ™ก๏ธŽ


๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐’๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ž๐ง: ๐‘‚๐‘›๐‘™๐‘–๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘†๐‘ข๐‘๐‘๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก

How do you show your support for survivors? We once had a survivor share with us she sees everything we post & sometimes will even like it. The next thing she said really resonated with usโ€ฆitโ€™s not about the amount of likes or comments or audience we reachโ€ฆsometimes survivors donโ€™t want to draw attention to what their activity is because they may still be keeping what happened to them a secret they have never told anyone. Even if you get 0 likes just know someone is looking and needs that post.

The reason we mention this is online support isnโ€™t for results on our end itโ€™s for results for survivors and their supporters. We post for ๐˜๐Ž๐” & ๐๐Ž ๐Ž๐๐„ ๐„๐‹๐’๐„. The next time youโ€™re stressing about the numbers of reach or how many likes remember thisโ€ฆyou are making an impact whether itโ€™s visible or not so ๐Š๐„๐„๐ ๐๐Ž๐’๐“๐ˆ๐๐† & ๐’๐‡๐€๐‘๐ˆ๐๐† ๐“๐‡๐Ž๐’๐„ ๐‘๐„๐’๐Ž๐”๐‘๐‚๐„๐’.

โ™ก๏ธŽ ๐•‹๐•™๐•–๐•ช ๐•ค๐•–๐•– ๐•š๐•ฅ ๐•–๐•ง๐•–๐•Ÿ ๐•š๐•— ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•–๐•ช ๐••๐• ๐•Ÿโ€™๐•ฅ ๐•๐•š๐•œ๐•– ๐•š๐•ฅ โ™ก๏ธŽ

๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐„๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ž๐ž๐ง: ๐‘‡๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘š๐‘  ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐พ๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ค

โฃ๏ธŽ Bystander Intervention โฃ๏ธŽ

We all are awaiting the day when thereโ€™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.

โ™ก๏ธŽ ๐•‚๐•Ÿ๐• ๐•จ๐•๐•–๐••๐•˜๐•– ๐•š๐•ค ๐•ก๐• ๐•จ๐•–๐•ฃ โ™ก๏ธŽ


๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐ž๐ง: ๐‘†โ„Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘’ ๐ด ๐ฟ๐‘–๐‘”โ„Ž๐‘ก ๐‘œ๐‘› ๐ฟ๐‘œ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐‘†๐‘ข๐‘๐‘๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก

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.

โ™ก๏ธŽ ๐•Ž๐•– ๐•ค๐•–๐•– ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ โ™ก๏ธŽ โ™ก๏ธŽ ๐•Ž๐•– ๐•™๐•–๐•’๐•ฃ ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ โ™ก๏ธŽ โ™ก๏ธŽ ๐•Ž๐•– ๐•ค๐•ฅ๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•• ๐•จ๐•š๐•ฅ๐•™ ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ โ™ก๏ธŽ โ™ก๏ธŽ ๐•Ž๐•– ๐•“๐•–๐•๐•š๐•–๐•ง๐•– ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ โ™ก๏ธŽ


๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐“๐ฐ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฒ: ๐ด๐‘› ๐ด๐‘๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘กโ€™๐‘  ๐ท๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘˜

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 office๐Ÿ’›

We even had one of @safespacefl advocatesโ€™s share her space to celebrate SAAM because she supports and believes survivors and wants to share that with anyone who enters her doors!

โ™ก๏ธŽ ๐•†๐•ฆ๐•ฃ ๐••๐• ๐• ๐•ฃ๐•ค ๐•’๐•ฃ๐•– ๐”ธ๐•ƒ๐•Ž๐”ธ๐•๐•Š ๐• ๐•ก๐•–๐•Ÿ ๐•—๐• ๐•ฃ ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ โ™ก๏ธŽ


๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐“๐ฐ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฒ-๐Ž๐ง๐ž: ๐‘†๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘’๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐ผ ๐‘€๐‘Ž๐‘‘๐‘’

How to support a survivor of sexual assault? Itโ€™s very simple just ๐๐„๐‹๐ˆ๐„๐•๐„ ๐“๐‡๐„๐Œ! 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:

  • Believe them.
  • Give them control.
  • Assure them of your support.
  • Accept them.
  • Be patient.
  • Encourage counseling (let them decide).
  • Give them respect.
  • Respect their personal boundaries.
  • Listen to them.
  • Support them always.
  • Donโ€™t minimize what happened to them
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Be sympathetic.
  • Advise them itโ€™s okay to not be okay.

โ™ก๏ธŽ ๐”ธ๐•ค๐•œ๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜ ๐•—๐• ๐•ฃ ๐•™๐•–๐•๐•ก ๐•š๐•ค๐•Ÿโ€™๐•ฅ ๐•’ ๐•ค๐•š๐•˜๐•Ÿ ๐• ๐•— ๐•จ๐•–๐•’๐•œ๐•Ÿ๐•–๐•ค๐•ค โ™ก๏ธŽ


๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐“๐ฐ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฒ-๐“๐ฐ๐จ: ๐ถ๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘ ๐‘  ๐‘ƒ๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘œ๐‘ก๐‘’

When it comes to sharing anything on social media it is important to share on all platforms. We believe itโ€™s important to spread the same message everywhere because you never know who has what form and who is in need of that message for the day. Social media is the best outreach we have and we have relayed heavily on it through the COVID years to reach survivors when weโ€™ve been unable to connect in person. Social media has been our home away from home.

As positive as it can be, social media does become toxic as well; so be sure to ๐”๐๐๐‹๐”๐† daily for your own mental health.

We will always share awareness, prevention, self-care tips, activities, motivational quotes, and more!

Follow us on all our platforms and see ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐“๐ฐ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฒ-๐“๐ก๐ซ๐ž๐ž: ๐‘†โ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘ค ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘†โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’

Todays prompt is showing an object that represents our commitment to ending sexual violence. We had to think about this one because not just ๐Ž๐๐„ object could put an end to sexual violence, but there is one ๐Œ๐€๐‰๐Ž๐‘ impact that couldโ€ฆ๐•Œโ„•๐•€๐•‹๐•.

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, ๐๐”๐“ if Iโ€™m wearing a ribbon someone ๐–๐ˆ๐‹๐‹ ๐€๐’๐Š who I wear it for and my answer will ๐€๐‹๐–๐€๐˜๐’ be:

  • Those who donโ€™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.
  • โ™ก๏ธŽ ๐˜๐Ž๐” & ๐Œ๐„ โ™ก๏ธŽ

๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐“๐ฐ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฒ-๐…๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ: ๐‘…๐‘’๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก ๐ผ๐‘›๐‘๐‘™๐‘ข๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘ฆ

We decided to share the short film @disfluencymovie as our representation for survivors. The movie is based on a girl failing her college course due to a traumatic event, Jane retreats home to her parents’ lake house, where she focuses on moving forward and healing.

If you watch this clip from the film you will see the way they visualize a trigger moment is so powerful. Survivors struggle with sharing a triggering moment and not being to vocalize what just happened. Disfluency does just that. If you havenโ€™t already please go check out this films page and see when itโ€™ll be available in your area! We are working on possible screening at the local college so stay tuned!

I personally have never seen a representation like this film and it deeply moved me to want to share with the world something I could see as being a huge impact on survivors. If you are interested in watching a clip from the film hereโ€™s the link, you donโ€™t want to miss out!

https://player.vimeo.com/video/259639474

๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐“๐ฐ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฒ-๐…๐ข๐ฏ๐ž: ๐‘ƒ๐‘’๐‘œ๐‘๐‘™๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐พ๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ค

We couldnโ€™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 didnโ€™t already.

๐ŸŒธ Tarana Burke @taranajaneen – the founding member of the #metoomovement @metoomvmt & strong activist. She started a huge movement for survivors to speak up and come forward among other survivorsโ€ฆletting them know NOT ALONE.
๐ŸŒธ Andrea Pino @andreactually & Annie Clark @aelizabethclark – survivors of the documentary The Hunting Ground who co-founded @endrapeoncampus (EROC). EROC was created to end campus sexual violence through for survivors; prevention through education; and policy reform at the campus, local, state, and federal levels. This movement is nation-wide and being shared through their activism and by other survivors.
๐ŸŒธ Tani Ikeda @taniikeda – an Emmy winning director who created @survivor.love.letter , a movement for survivors of sexual assault & their allies to publicly celebrate their lives. Tani started it on the anniversary of her rape by penning a letter to her younger self. Since she created this many survivors have found comfort & safety in others words and/or the comfort in their own words on paper. For SAAM @fcasv had a survivor love letter campaign to show survivors & allies words.

๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐“๐ฐ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฒ-๐’๐ข๐ฑ: ๐‘‚๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘‡๐‘Ž๐‘˜๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ ๐‘“๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘š ๐‘†๐ด๐ด๐‘€ 2022

Just a few things to note when working with survivors in online spaces or in person – both apply.

Remember to always provide a safe place for all survivors to feel welcome and comfortable to enter. If you donโ€™t provide that safety to them they wonโ€™t feel comfortable sharing with you๐Ÿ’–

๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐“๐ฐ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฒ-๐’๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง: ๐ท๐‘’๐‘›๐‘–๐‘š ๐ท๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ

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 ๐€๐‘๐„ ๐“๐€๐Š๐ˆ๐๐† ๐€ ๐’๐“๐€๐๐ƒ ๐€๐†๐€๐ˆ๐๐’๐“ ๐’๐„๐—๐”๐€๐‹ ๐•๐ˆ๐Ž๐‹๐„๐๐‚๐„ ๐๐˜ ๐–๐„๐€๐‘๐ˆ๐๐† ๐ƒ๐„๐๐ˆ๐Œ!

If you would like to know all about how denim day started look at our video below and see how 23 years later weโ€™re making even more strides, but we still have a long way to go to protest the myths for survivors of sexual assault.

It doesnโ€™t matter what you were wearing. Clothing doesnโ€™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 longโค๏ธ

โฃ๏ธŽ ๐•‹๐•š๐•˜๐•™๐•ฅ ๐•›๐•–๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•ค ๐••๐•  ๐•Ÿ๐• ๐•ฅ ๐•–๐•ข๐•ฆ๐•’๐• ๐•”๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•ค๐•–๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ โฃ๏ธŽ


๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐“๐ฐ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฒ-๐„๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ: ๐‘†๐‘๐‘’๐‘™๐‘™ ๐ผ๐‘ก ๐‘‚๐‘ข๐‘ก

SAAM = Sexual Assault Awareness Month and today we spell it out using different office supplies we use to write down our thoughts and creative new ideas to combat sexy violence.

Teal Yarn: shows the color for sexual assault and the yarn is used to knit shawls for survivors while in the hospital.
Notepad/pen: writes down all of our ideas to help engage the community to advocating for survivors and finding ways to ๐„๐๐ƒ ๐’๐„๐—๐”๐€๐‹ ๐•๐ˆ๐Ž๐‹๐„๐๐‚๐„.
Teal ribbon note card: used for our survivor board to write messages of support for all survivors from people in the community, supporters, students, other survivors, or advocates.

SAAM should be honored year long instead of one month out of the year. How can you help a survivor today? Share our info, show support on social media platforms, educate on consent, spread awareness, share helpful resources in the area, and most importantly ๐๐„๐‹๐ˆ๐„๐•๐„ ๐“๐‡๐„๐Œ!

๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐“๐ฐ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฒ-๐๐ข๐ง๐ž: ๐‘Œ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐ท๐‘–๐‘‘ ๐ผ๐‘ก! ๐บ๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘“๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘›๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘  ๐‘†โ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘ก ๐‘‚๐‘ข๐‘ก

We are so overwhelmed by how everyone rallied together to show support for survivors of sexual assault throughout this whole month. We thank our advocates, state attorneys office, IRSC, community partners, law enforcement agencies, the community, and more! We couldnโ€™t serve survivors without you! Itโ€™s true when they say it takes a village and as survivors they should have a whole village IN THEIR CORNER CHEERING THEM ON EVERY STEP OF THE WAY!

We also want to thank all survivors because you allow us to be a part of one of the most traumatic moments in your life. We thank you for having the strength and courage to come forward and talk about what happened to you even when people tell you that no one will believe youโ€ฆwell we disprove that each time because we BELIEVE YOU! We thank you for sharing your story to other survivors who are unable to talk about theirs. We thank you for letting us be that support system for you and being a part of the healing journey. We know itโ€™s hard to go through this, but to see your strength grow and blossom is why we do this work. We get to be there from the beginning of where it all started and to the end where we see the huge amount of progress; that is a reward in itselfโ€ฆseeing your journey of never giving up. We are so impressed by the strength you have sharing your story to strangers, you are all warriors DONโ€™T forget that! We love to see you thrive๐Ÿ’›

๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐“๐ก๐ข๐ซ๐ญ๐ฒ: ๐‘…๐‘’๐‘“๐‘™๐‘’๐‘๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘ 

Today is the last day of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, weโ€™ve had fun coming up with creative posts daily for you all! As fun of a challenge this was to partake in we still remember the importance of this month and every month is to share awareness and educate the community on sexual assault. We hope to one day no longer have this job, but until then we are here with our doors open, ears ready to listen, ready to give emotional support, and always ready to believe.

Thank you to all the fellow agencies who participated in this challenge it has been awesome to see all the posts and how creative everyone is!!!

Today is the end of the challenge, but keep following our page for more info about prevention and education on sexual assault. We will be sharing awareness days, weeks, and months.

โ™ก๏ธŽ โ„๐•–๐•ž๐•–๐•ž๐•“๐•–๐•ฃ ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ ๐•’๐•ฃ๐•– ๐•Ÿ๐• ๐•ฅ ๐•’๐•๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•– ๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•• ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ ๐•จ๐•š๐•๐• ๐•“๐•– ๐•“๐•–๐•๐•š๐•–๐•ง๐•–๐•• ๐•™๐•–๐•ฃ๐•– โ™ก๏ธŽ