Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
View April calendar of events here.
Every April we come together as a national (and local) community to raise awareness about sexual assault. This April, the national theme is "Building Safe Online Spaces Together." Project PEACE, and our partners, will be highlighting this theme by promoting information, trainings and resources through social media and other online platforms.
Please read below how you can join us in raising awareness this April.
- Social Media Outreach: This April we are raising awareness about Safety Online. Please help us spread awareness by posting on social media or including in outreach emails graphics highlighting information and resources. View the graphics for each week here.
- Virtual Backgrounds: Spread awareness about sexual assault and the hotline without lifting a finger! Just add our virtual background to your MS Teams and Zoom for the month of April! Download virtual background here.
WEAR YOUR SUPPORT
- Wear Teal on the Day of Action- April 5th: The first Tuesday of every April is the SAAPM Day of Action. Chances are someone in your life is a survivor of sexual harassment, assault, or abuse, even if they have never shared their story with you. Show your support for survivors of sexual harassment and abuse by wearing teal — the color of sexual violence prevention — on April 5th and post a selfie on social media using #SAAPM and tag @ArlProjectPEACE.
Wear Denim- April 27th: Clothing is never an excuse for sexual assault. Join millions of people across the world in wearing jeans with a purpose, support survivors, and educate themselves and others about all forms of sexual violence. Learn more about the history of Denim Day here.
LEARN FROM SURVIVORS
Hear from survivors and share their stories. Read how 4 survivors cope with their "traumaversaries" here, watch a video about the experiences of Black survivors and attend the Embrace Your Voice Poetry Share on April 25th.
- Embrace Your Voice Poetry Share- April 25th Register today for Embrace Your Voice 2022, the eighth annual poetry share hosted in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) by Doorways, Friends of Guest House, and the Alexandria Sexual Assault Center. This year’s poetry share will be a hybrid in-person and virtual event, with attendees and poets participating from the Lee Center in Alexandria or online via Zoom. Learn more and register here.
Your Experience Matters!
Tell us about your experience accessing services in Arlington.
Everyone deserves to be safe at home and in their relationships. When someone in our community is not safe and is being hurt by their partner, there are resources to help. Please consider taking one of the surveys below to share your experience using, looking for, or referring people to resources for those impacted by domestic/intimate partner/dating violence and sexual assault in Arlington County.
There are two surveys. You are welcome to take both as applicable. While the survey works best on a computer, you may also use a mobile device.
Arlington Community Members: Click to access survey.
Arlington Service Providers: Click to access survey.
Questions in the survey ask about your experience, or the experiences of people you know, and could bring up strong emotions. It is your choice how many, and which questions you answer. If you need support at any time, please call the Doorways Domestic and Sexual Violence hotline available 24-hours a day at 703-237-0881.
This survey was created by Project PEACE, Arlington’s Coordinated Community Response, in order to understand how Arlington community members have, or have not, accessed local support. This survey is confidential and results will be analyzed by Project PEACE and their members to enhance and improve services for everyone in the county. Questions? Call or email: 703-228-5003 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you or someone you know has been impacted by intimate partner or sexual violence you are not alone. We are here to help.
- For Arlington resources click here.
- For Alexandria resources click here.
- For Fairfax resources click here.
- For Loudoun resources click here.
- For JCADA resources and support click here.
Sexual and Domestic Violence Resources
Sexual and Domestic Violence Resources
Resources for Adults Supporting Youth
The materials above are free to download and use. To request pre-printed versions please email info-projectPEACE@arlingtonva.us