April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and the City of Marion as part of the Grant County Sexual Assault Response Team and participating businesses and organizations are raising awareness this April through a unique campaign.
Marion Police Chief Angela Haley explained, “The Marion Police Department and the City of Marion wanted to participate in the “What Were You Wearing?” Campaign to help break down the stigma of Sexual Assault. We want victims to know that they are not alone and DO NOT need to suffer in silence. MPD stands ready to investigate and assist in prosecution to hold perpetrators accountable. Our Victim’s Advocate and Hands of Hope with Family Services stand ready to support victims of Sexual Assault in their recovery.”
Victim’s Advocate Tammy Wolf added, “Prevention is everyone’s responsibility. The purpose of prevention is to stop Sexual Assault before it has a chance to happen. We can do this through encouraging safe behaviors, healthy relationships, and spreading awareness. It is possible to create communities and environments where everyone is treated with respect and equality. All of our voices have power; we must work together!”
Locations throughout Grant County have joined the global movement of “What Were You Wearing?” displays using clothing to illustrate victims’ stories. Grant County Locations: Marion City Hall, Marion General Hospital, Sender Café, Marion Public Library, Gas City City Hall, Marion High School, Indiana Wesleyan University Elder Hall.
The City is encouraging three activities this April in support of SAAM: Survivors Rock, Teal Tuesday, and Denim Day (See separate attachments).