April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month | TahoeDailyTribune.com

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month

Liliana E. Sanchez
South Lake Tahoe Women's Center
South Lake Tahoe Women's Center / Tribune CommunitThe South Lake Tahoe Women's Center has been decorated with teal and blue lights in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention month.

Have you driven by South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center this month? Are you wondering why there are blue and teal lights on the building? Why blue? Why teal? April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM). The color teal represents sexual assault awareness and the color blue represents child abuse prevention. Every year the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center (SLTWC) joins the nation in efforts to stop sexual violence and child abuse by bringing awareness to the public about these two issues and their prevalence in our community. The goal of this campaign is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and what can be done as individuals and as a community to help prevent this violence from happening in our community to our loved ones.

Every year SLTWC raises awareness and funds to support victims of these horrible offenses. This April, the fundraising efforts will focus on supporting the El Dorado County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). El Dorado County SART is a multidisciplinary group of local professionals that includes Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners , South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center Advocates, Law Enforcement and the district attorney’s Office, who work together to care for adult and child survivors of sexual assault and child abuse and hold the offender accountable in the criminal justice system. El Dorado County SART is in need of funds to purchase new equipment as well as to train nurses to conduct forensic medical examinations for both adults and children. South Lake Tahoe has not had a nurse on the response team who is trained to conduct exams on children for over six years. Children who have been the victims of sexual violence must travel more than two hours from South Lake Tahoe to receive medical attention that addresses the unique needs of a sexual abuse survivor. In an effort to raise funds to support the SART program and train more local nurses to help adult and child victims of sexual violence, South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center kicked off SAAM and CAPM early this year with a very successful fundraiser at Freshies on March 25.

For more information on upcoming events or how you can support our local SART program, check out http://www.sltwc.org, the SLTWC Facebook page, the SLTWC Tahoe Daily Tribune blog and the Tahoe Daily Tribune community events calendar.

The Women’s Center business office was financed through a low-cost loan from the Rural Community Assistance Corporation.

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