Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). SAAM is a campaign to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. This year's campaign theme, I Ask, champions the message that asking for consent is a healthy, normal, and necessary part of everyday interactions. Learn more below!

LOCAL EVENTS

Tuesday, April 2 Wear Teal Day

Kick off Sexual Assault Awareness Month by bringing attention to this important issue by wearing teal.

Friday, April 5 Songs for the Strong

The Bistro  |  316 North Main Street, Bloomington  |  5 p.m.

Join us for an evening of music featuring local artists Hot Sauce Universe, Sara Quah, The Dew Drops, and more! Donations accepted at the door, enjoy drink specials, hors d'oeuvres, 50/50 raffle, and more!

Saturday, April 6 Clothesline Project

Uptown Normal  |  During Mimosa Morning  |  10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to violence against women. Each shirt, decorated by local survivors, represents a particular persons' experience.

Saturday, April 13 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 this event at here. This is a FREE event.

Thursday, April 24 Very Important Bartender Diane Cote at Jazz UpFront

Jazz UpFront  |  107 West Front Street, Bloomington  |  5 p.m.

Join us at Jazz UpFront to raise awareness for sexual violence and a portion of the proceeds go to YWCA Stepping Stones!

Thursday, April 25 Take Back the Night

McLean County Museum of History  |  6 p.m.

Join us 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.

Thursday, April 28 YWCA Stepping Stones Yoga Benefit

The Yoga Studio  |  6-7 p.m.

The Yoga Studio will be donating 100 percent of the proceeds from this class to YWCA Stepping Stones. The minimum donation for the class is $10 and if you cannot attend but wish to contribute, they are offering a “donate a song” that will be played during the practice. The class is a slow, trauma-sensitive vinyasa style class. Devin, a certified trauma-sensitive yoga instructor and YWCA Stepping Stones advocate, will lead us through an hour of empowering and relaxing yoga. For more information, please visit their website.

The Month of April Teal Chairs

Throughout the month, YWCA McLean County will display Teal Chairs on Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University campus'. The chairs are to serve as a reminder to survivors that they do not need to go through the aftermath of assault alone.