Sexual Assault Awareness Month

In April, YWCA McLean County Stepping Stones promotes Sexual Assault Awareness Month - a month devoted to raising awareness about the need to prevent sexual violence and its devastating consequences. YWCA McLean County Stepping Stones is offering several community programs throughout the month of April in order to bridge the gap of understanding about sexual violence in our community. Every person in every community can do their part to remove the taboo that surrounds this devastating crime. Please join us at any of the events below.

View and share the flyer for April 2018 events here.

Monday, April 2 Teal Ribbon Ceremony |  McLean County Museum of History (west stairs)  |  11 a.m.

Help us kick-off to Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a powerful call to action and placement of teal ribbons throughout downtown Bloomington. This is a FREE event.

Friday, April 6 Songs for the Strong nightshop  |  517 North Mail Street, Bloomington  |  5 p.m.

Join us for an evening of music featuring local artists. Cover charge and proceeds from drink specials will be donated to YWCA Stepping Stones. See the Facebook event here.

Saturday, April 8 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®   |  Uptown Normal  |  Check-in 10:30 a.m.  |  Walk 11 a.m.

Calling all men to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes! The goal of this event is to not only raise awareness about sexual violence, but to improve gender relationships and appreciation for women’s experiences. Register for FREE for this event here.

Thursday, April 26 Take Back the Night  |  McLean County Museum of History (west stairs)  |  6 p.m.

Join YWCA McLean County Stepping Stones at Take Back the Night to raise awareness for sexual violence and to support survivors in their healing process. Hear from featured speakers and participate in a march through downtown Bloomington followed by a candlelight vigil. You don’t have to be a survivor, or even know a survivor to attend.

April The Clothesline Project |  Various Locations

Throughout the month, YWCA McLean County and community partners will display The Clothesline Project. The project is a visual display that bears witness to the violence against women. During the public display, a clothesline is hung with shirts. Each shirt is decorated to represent a particular woman's experience, by the survivor themselves or by someone who cares about them. All of the t-shirts displayed will be those of local survivors. Don't miss one of these opportunities to have this powerful experience.

April What Were You Wearing  |  Various Locations

Throughout the month, YWCA McLean County and community partners will display "What Were You Wearing?" a survivor art installation. The installation addresses the question at hand in a visual representation that bears witness to the answer. The installation challenges participants to engage with the universal connection we have with clothing and reflect on what gives this specific rape culture myth so much power. You don't want to miss this opportunity to view this powerful installation.