My Goals for this Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)
As you may or may not know, April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).
This April, I am taking on the three following goals related to sexual violence awareness and, of course, human trafficking (I hope you make a goal or two for yourself as well):
- Reading Girls Like Us, a memoir by Rachel Lloyd, the Ex. Dir. of GEMS, a program for girls who have been trafficked in NYC. Rachel was also trafficked as a teenager.
- Attending the Demand Change Project seminar on May 3-4. If you have read my past blogs, you know that I attended the first time they had this event, two years ago. I am very excited to support Breaking Free and to learn more about human trafficking.
- Trying to write more blogs this month about topics related to sexual violence and human trafficking for awareness purposes. I have a feeling most of my posts may be reflections that come out of my #1 goal.
If you are interested in learning more about sexual violence in America so that you can educate your friends, family, coworkers and network, check out the following sites. (Confession: I have not quite read all of them…but I have read other articles/posts in the past, so I trust their content):
www.breakingfree.net – Breaking Free, a nonprofit that supports trafficked women.
http://www.mngirlsnotforsale.org/ – Campaign by the Women’s Foundation of MN against the trafficking of MN girls.
http://www.sourceannex.org/ – Annex is a branch of Source MN, a small nonprofit who works with trafficked women and raises awareness on local human trafficking.
http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/ – go to “Programs that Help” and “Combating Human Trafficking” and/or “Anti-Pornography.”
http://www.nsvrc.org/ – National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
http://rainn.org/ – Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network.
http://theresurgence.com/2013/04/04/resources-for-sexual-assault-awareness-month – Christian perspective and resources related to Sexual Violence, especially in regards to children.
I know there are tons more for resources out there. Feel free to comment if you have any other resources related to SAAM!