April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is national Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The purpose of SAAM is to bring awareness to the prevalence of sexual violence in our communities. STAR is partnering with several organizations in the community to host a month full of events and activities to help spread awareness, connect those in our community who have survived rape and abuse, and help end sexual violence in our community. At Magic 101.9, we're proud to support these empowering events.

Start By Believing Day
Wednesday, April 3rd – All Day

Start by Believing Day provides an opportunity for communities to unify with a single voice for survivors of sexual violence: We hear you, and we are here to help. Take the Start by  believing pledge and add your voice to the #StartByBelieving campaign by posting a statement of support for survivors via a post of video on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and tag STAR @staradvocates and #STARadvocates. A personal action kit can be found on STAR’s website at www.star.ngo

Reclaiming My Sexuality Workshop Series
Thursdays in April | 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Dynamo | 2001 St Claude Ave | New Orleans, LA 70116
This workshop series is designed to help survivors of sexual violence embrace their sexuality and the power that comes from it. This workshop is for all survivors of sexual violence. All genders and sexual orientations welcome! Tickets are $15 online, $20 at the door. Register at shop.dynamotoys.com. This is part four-part series presented by Dynamo and STAR.

Tip Out Day
Sunday, April 7th all day 

TIP OUT DAY is a national day of charitable giving from bars, restaurants, and nightlife businesses. Bartenders, servers, and other tipped employees will join together to donate all or a portion of their tips to local sexual violence awareness, response, and prevention organizations and raise awareness about sexual violence.  Where will donations go? Suggested NOLA organizations include Shift Change, New Orleans Family Justice Center and Women With a Vision. Website: tipoutday.org, Instagram: @shift.change and @familyjusticecenter

Ways to participate: 

  • If you are a tipped employee or business: Join the movement by signing up to donate a portion of your tips at tipoutday.com. Your name and establishment will be featured on the tip out day website, you will be provided with materials for patrons and maybe even included in a tip out day bar/restaurant crawl!
  • If you are a patron: Come out on Sunday and patronize the establishments participating in Tip Out Day!

Louisiana Statewide Denim Day: A day of showing your support for survivors 
Wednesday, April 10th all day
Wear denim, post your denim pictures and messages of support for survivors on social media. Get your business or school involved in wearing denim on Wednesday! Take it one step further and donate $1 to the New Orleans Family Justice Center. Local high schools and colleges that are participating in Denim Day: Martin Luther King, M L King High School, Warren Easton, Cohen college Prep, Edna Karr, Landry/Walker, Dillard University, SUNO and Goodwill Technical Academy. https://www.facebook.com/events/408210536661214

New Orleans City Council to Officially recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Thursday, April 11th at 10am

City Hall, City Council Chambers 

Retreat for Survivors of Sexual Trauma
Saturday, April 13th — 10:00 am - 4:00 p
The Red Shoes | 2303 Government Street | Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Feel stress melt away as you experience meditation and relaxation techniques including therapeutic art, yoga and music. This retreat is an opportunity to focus on you: your power,  strength and inner beauty. With a supportive network of women, experience healing processes designed to enhance your mental and physical health. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. This day of relaxation is offered at no cost through a partnership with The Red Shoes and STAR and a grant from the Junior League of Baton Rouge. Register online at  www.star.ngo

Crescent City Classic Race—Join the NOFJC “Run for it” Charity Team
April 20th 

All proceeds will go towards Camp Hope—an evidence-based camp for kids who grew up in violent homes. Watch this amazing Camp HOPE video here (and feel free to share!).

Denim Day
Wednesday, April 24th — All Day

Wear jeans with a purpose, support survivors, and educate yourself and others about sexual assault. Stand with survivors and join STAR in wearing jeans on April 25, 2018 to take a stand against sexual violence! Snap a selfie in your denim and tag #STARadvocates to increase awareness of the issue. There is a $5 suggested donation to participate and all contributions support STAR’s mission to support survivors of sexual trauma, improve systems response, and create social change to end sexual violence. Download a flyer and action kit at www.star.ngo.

"It takes a brave person to share what I believe is one of the most traumatic experiences that can happen in a person’s life. Believe them, believe in them." - Tonja M., survivor

“Believing a survivor honors and affirms their courage to do an incredibly difficult thing, and it could be the single most important moment in their healing journey, to open the door for more healing.” – Vonnie H., survivor