April 2022 E-Newsletter

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!
A Safe Place will be displaying its Clothesline Project on April 23rd from 9am-12pm (weather dependent) in the garden at the Nantucket Atheneum. The Clothesline Project is a visual display that brings awareness to the often ignored issues of sexual assault and domestic violence. Each shirt on display has been decorated by a local survivor of violence or by someone who has lost a loved one to violence. Join us for this powerful and moving event!

A Safe Place is collaborating with Cisco Brewers to host a Rock Painting evening April 14th from 4 to 6 pm to raise awareness of sexual assault. Patrons can share uplifting messages and inspirational quotes on small stones that will be shared with survivors of sexual assault.

On April 27th millions of people across the world will wear jeans with the purpose of supporting survivors and educating themselves and others about sexual violence. Denim Day is a campaign held each year on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The campaign began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court in which a rape conviction was overturned because the justices determined that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped the person who raped her remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Join us this year in taking a stand on #DenimDay. 

On April 13th at 5:30 pm A Safe Place Advocates, Frejae and Crystal, will be hosting a Facebook Live Q & A session. They will be sharing information about A Safe Place services and how loved ones can best support survivors of violence.
Tune in with your questions!
 

Safe Home Art Project with NBGC
 
Members of the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club participated in A Safe Place’s Safe Home art project during the winter break in March. The Club’s third and fourth grade members were given a range of art supplies and craft materials to create their versions of a “Safe Home”. While designing their homes, members learned about the importance of treating their family members and friends with respect, expressing themselves by using their words and how to safely resolve conflicts. A Safe Place is fortunate to be able to bring our Safe Home art project as a part of our Prevention Education programming to Nantucket youth as we work to end domestic violence in our community. A large shoutout goes to the Nantucket Golf Club Foundation for funding this project! 



 


 


White Ribbon Pledge

Check out these photos from our White Ribbon Pledge Event with the Nantucket Police Dept., Nantucket Fire Dept., and Nantucket Sheriff Dept.

The pledge that each of these departments signed reads as follows: 

I will promote respect, dignity and equality. I will speak out against attitudes and behaviors that contribute to sexual assault and domestic violence. I will remind myself and others that gender violence is a men’s issue that affects all of us, regardless of our backgrounds and identities. I will confront sexism, homophobia, racism and other forms of oppression. I will find out how to help when I suspect that someone I know is a victim or offender of sexual assault or domestic violence. From this day forward, I promise to be part of the solution in ending violence against women and all gender-based violence. 


War SHEro  
Natalia Balasynovych was elected mayor of Vasylkiv as an independent progressive. Now she is helping defend her city’s critical military airport from a Russian assault. When Natalia Balasynovych was elected mayor as an independent at the start of the pandemic, she believed the biggest challenges would be the health crisis and the modernization of this historically military town. In her first year, she opened a high-speed train route to Kyiv and one of Ukraine’s first shelters for survivors of domestic abuse. Now, she is a wartime leader, with her country under siege by Russian forces and her city targeted with airstrikes and paratroopers parachuting in by plane and rappelling by helicopter. Her town includes a strategic military airbase that President Vladimir Putin hopes to seize and use to bring in more troops in order to encircle the capital, Kyiv, just 22 miles away.   Source: Christopher Miller/ Buzzfeed News Check out the rest of this article here    

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