The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the United States. The goal of this month is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. By working together and pooling our resources during the month of April, we can highlight sexual violence as a major public health, human rights, and social justice issue and reinforce the need for prevention efforts.
Each April in support of SAAM, SAVA Center holds a contest in Weld County to see who can turn their town teal. This past April was one of our best yet and we are so excited to announce our winner: Jada! She decided to turn herself teal! Jada dyed her hair and dressed in all teal as her interpretation for turning her town teal and we absolutely love it! Jada is an incredible advocate for sexual assault awareness and we could not be more excited that she is this year’s winner!
“Sexual assault is something that affects too many women (and men!) and yet there’s still a stigma towards its victims. People who are reluctant to talk to friends are even less likely to report the crime or seek help. There should be no shame or embarrassment; sexual violence is NEVER the victim’s fault! I hope that as we more openly talk about sexual assault, more survivors will have the courage to come forward and receive the support services they need. Our county is fortunate to have the resources of SAVA Center.” – Jada