April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a time for survivors, advocates and organizations to engage the greater community in education and prevention efforts. This year’s theme, “Engaging New Voices” builds on the idea that we are stronger together, and that organizations and community members can work together to expand sexual assault prevention efforts and help the next generation foster attitudes that promote healthy relationships, equality and respect. During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Bright Future Foundation will bring the theme of “Engaging New Voices” to life through community outreach and an awareness campaign.
Beyond SAAM activities, Bright Future leads a wide range of initiatives to prevent sexual assault. Our youth violence prevention programs, EmpowerMENt and EmpowHERment, raise awareness and empower middle and high school students to take an active leadership role in reducing gender violence, harassment, abuse, and bullying. Bright Future has formed a strong, collaborative relationship with the Eagle County School District and offers a variety of school-based programs for at- risk youth.
We realize that one month isn’t enough to solve the serious and widespread issue of sexual violence, but the goal of SAAM is to energize and expand prevention efforts, including our own in the community.
SAAM is organized nationally by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). Please visit NSVRC’s website for helpful resources on prevention and intervention of sexual abuse.