April showers bring May flowers, but it also brings Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and we could not be more excited! Over here at the Hope Project, our goal is to help raise awareness of the prevalence of sexual assault year round, but we especially love the month of April! This year’s theme is I Ask. What does that mean? It means that people are committed to asking for consent! Sometimes, it may seem that consent is only talked about in terms of new acquaintances or dates. Consent is important in all relationships, new and old! By asking for consent between partners, it shows a level of respect. Here is a link to our FAVORITE video related to consent!
Hope Project Outreach
The Hope Project is involved in many different community outreaches! We have participated in doing presentations at Lower Columbia College and at the local high schools about healthy relationships, and we work with local business to provide education about our program as well other topics such as consent.
This month we are going big! We have been working with local bars in what we are calling the SAFE (Sexual Assault Free Environment) Challenge. Approximately 50% of sexual assaults involve some alcohol consumption (either by perpetrator or the victim). That, coupled with the possibility of drugged drinks, can make bars feel like an unsafe place. Many of our local bars are committing to become safer places for patrons. We are providing a training to the participating bars about how to identify if somebody is at risk of sexual assault, as well as helping them enact policies that can ensure a safer environment!
We are also having our 4th annual Hops for Hope event! On April 19th, we are going to be at Ashtown Brewing Co. helping raise awareness about Sexual Assault! Ashtown has agreed to donate $1 from every beer served between 5pm and 9pm to our program! We will also have Hope Project beer glasses for sale! There will be live music and fun, and we hope you will come out and join us! It will be a great time!
To go along with our SAFE Challenge, we are inviting you to be involved! If you go out to any of the participating bars, make sure you take a pic and post #SAFEchallenge and post it on Facebook or Instagram. We are going to pick a winner at the end of the month from everyone who has participated for a prize!
We are also doing a 30 day Instagram challenge celebrating Sexual Assault Awareness Month! Every day for the month of April we will be posting! Check us out on social media if you haven’t already!
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Hope Project also provides free presentations on sexual violence awareness and Hope Project program information to schools, businesses, churches, and other organizations.
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