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National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The month of April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).  The Women’s Center Of Jacksonville will be hosting a number of events through out the month of April to bring attention to the problem of Sexual Assault in our community. 


Today, Mayor Lenny Curry announced his proclamation in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, in the rotunda of City Hall.  Historically, 1 in five women and 1 in 71 men will be sexually assaulted or raped in their lifetime.  This is no more evident than in the roughly 700 survivors of sexual assault and rape, to whom services were provided by the Women’s Center Of Jacksonville, in the Duval, Nassau & Baker County area, in the last year alone.  300 of those survivors reported being raped.  In addition, the Women’s Center Of Jacksonville received over 3000 calls on our 24/7 Rape Crisis Hotline.  Violence against women continues to be a problem in across the country and in our own community.  Community involvement and awareness is key to mitigating today’s violence against women.


Events in April:


Nassau County Stands Up Against Sexual Assault – SAAM Proclamation

When: March 27, 2017 6:00 p.m.

Where: County Commissioners Office

96135 Nassau Place Suite #1

Yulee, FL 32097


Join the Nassau County Sexual Assault Response Team as it accepts a proclamation by the Nassau County Commission to recognize April as SAAM. Community members will stand together to honor survivors and to show their commitment to ending sexual violence in Nassau County.


Stand as an Ally with Survivors and Activists – SAAM Proclamation and Press Conference

When: March 28, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

Where: Jacksonville City Hall Rotunda

117 West Duval Street

Jacksonville, FL 32202


Join community partners, survivors and allies as we raise our voices against sexual violence and promote activities throughout the month of April to engage communities and support survivors. Hear local leaders speak on efforts to end sexual assault in our community and help our community “Go Teal” with the Sexual Assault Awareness Month photo booth. Local media are invited to help activists increase awareness with local coverage throughout the month!


Baker County Speaks Out to End Sexual Violence – SAAM Proclamation

When: March 28, 2017 4:00 p.m.

Where: Baker County Courthouse

339 E. Macclenny Ave.

Macclenny, FL 32063


Join the Baker County Sexual Assault Response Team as we raise our voices against sexual violence and promote activities throughout the month of April to engage communities and support survivors. Local media are invited to help activists increase awareness with local coverage throughout the month!


You Don’t Know Me: A Staged Reading

When: March 31, 2017 at 8:00pm April 1, 2017 at 8:00pm

Where: Amelia Community Theater 209 Cedar St.

Fernandina Beach, FL. 32034


This fundraiser event is a staged reading of a survivor’s victim-impact statement. A former Stanford student who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman was only sentenced to six months in jail because the judge deemed a longer sentenced would have “a severe impact on him.” At his sentencing, the survivor was able to read her perpetrator a letter describing the impact that the assault had on her life. This staged reading is a fundraiser where all sales will go to benefit the Women’s Center of Jacksonville, the Certified Rape Crisis Center, serving Nassau, Duval, and Baker Counties. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at


Kickoff a Month of Prevention – Third Annual Sexual Assault Awareness Month Kickball Tournament
When: April 1, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Jacksonville University

2800 University Blvd N.

Jacksonville, FL 32211


Teams representing partners in the fight to end sexual violence will face off in a kickball tournament to raise funds and awareness for survivors of sexual violence. Make your donation at the door to cheer on your favorite team! Partake in field games, take pictures in our photo booth and learn more about how the Women’s Center of Jacksonville and other community partners work together to end sexual violence in our community. For more information on this event, including how to get a t-shirt to support your favorite team, please contact Mallory Warner at
**For any weather concerns** If you are signed up to play kickball and there is any change due to weather, your team captain will be contacted with all information. We will also update our Facebook page as soon as possible.


Baker County Speaks Out Against Sexual Violence: Low Country Boil and Fundraiser

When: April 8, 2017 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Where: Crooked Rooster Brewery

1478 S 6th St.

Macclenny, FL 32063


Come on out to the Crooked Rooster Brewery to help support the Rape Recovery Team’s fight against sexual violence. For $25 you can get a full plate of the low country boil plus one drink (choose from Strawberry Blonde Beer, County Line Beer, or non-alcoholic drink). For children 12 and under its $15 for a kids plate and a non-alcoholic drink. Children under 3 come in free. There will be live music from Back Alley Cadillac & East Tower Band and backyard games. There will also be a Cornhole Tournament ($10 per team) where the champs can win half the pot! Ticket sales will be at Crooked Rooster, Women’s Center of Jacksonville, or on Eventbrite.


Casual Wednesday for a Cause - International Denim Day 2017

When: April 26, 2017
Where: Worldwide
Don your favorite pair of jeans to increase awareness and promote an end to victim-blaming! Encourage your employer to participate in International Denim Day to take a stand against sexual violence and victim blaming. Employees of participating organization will donate $5 or more to wear jeans on April 26, and their donations go toward support for survivors of sexual violence. Each participating organization will also receive a media packet to help highlight their efforts to end sexual assault, including a social media toolkit. To receive Denim Day materials for your business, please contact Zina Jiad at


Show Solidarity with Survivors as they Speak Out: From Surviving to Thriving Celebrating the Voices of Survivors
When: April 28, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Lakeview Health

1900 Corporate Square Blvd.

Jacksonville, FL 32216


Celebrate the voices of survivors by attending the Rape Recovery Team’s “From Surviving to Thriving” event. This empowering evening allows survivors a forum to share their experiences through a creative lens. Enjoy artwork and spoken word depicting journeys of healing from survivors of sexual assault. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the community. Would you or someone you know like to submit their original artwork, performance art, written work and multimedia work for this event?

For any questions about this event, or more information on submitting artwork, please contact Eileen Rodden at



About the Women’s Center of Jacksonville

The Women’s Center of Jacksonville is a community based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women. Offering comprehensive services under one roof, our mission is to improve the lives of women through advocacy, support and education. The warm and welcoming environment of the Women’s Center offers a unique and safe place for women and their families who seek assistance.  Programs include affordable mental health counseling ● education, advocacy and health information for breast cancer survivors ● adult literacy and tutoring ● 24/7 crisis intervention and advocacy for victims of sexual violence ● a 24 hour rape crisis hotline ● rape prevention education for youth ● Girls Circle program for girls ● personal growth and support groups ● and information and referral. Each year the Women's Center touches the lives of over 7,500 women, men and girls.




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Women’s Center of Jacksonville | 5644 Colcord Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32211

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