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Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities

Posted: Sunday, April 12, 2009

• March 19 and 26: In preparation for the month, AWARE teamed up with The Canvas for the first time to do "Evenings of Healing Art: Surviving Violence," sessions for victims of assault or abuse and community members to create artwork centered on the sexual violence. Participants learned about using art as therapy to heal themselves of trauma from violence or assault. They reviewed some artists' works and then entered the artistic process for themselves. The artwork was then used for the April First Friday exhibit at The Canvas.

• April 3: Opening of "Healing Art: Surviving Violence" exhibit at the Back Room in the Silverbow. The exhibit will show through April at 120 Second St.

The exhibit was open to anyone interested in donating artwork, including artwork that was already created or created at home, focusing on sexual assault and the healing process.

According to Executive Director Saralyn Tabachnick, the opening was attend by a lot of men and women.

• April 11: Waterfront AWAREness Race at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. This 5k walk or run hosted by AWARE and Southeast Road Runners was held to honor survivors of child abuse and sexual assault.

• April 11: Juneau Karma Krew and the Body Shop at Home Spa Day fundraiser at Taproot Yoga Studio.

• April 20: Spring advocacy training is open to the community and required for new AWARE staff. This biannual 40-hour training session covers domestic violence, sexual assault, how to be an advocate, crisis intervention, safety planning and "pretty much everything AWARE covers," said Program Manager Ellen Andrews. For more information about this training, contact AWARE at 586-6623.

• April 22: Dr. Linda Chamberlain, an epidemiologist specializing in childhood exposure to violence and brain development, will speak from 8 a.m. to noon at AWARE. Also in conjunction with Child Abuse Awareness Month, Chamberlain will present "An Integrated Approach to Childhood Exposure to Violence and Implications for Early Brain Development," explaining why the developing brain is more vulnerable to the effects of trauma and violence. Registration is $35. Scholarships are available. For more information, contact Swarupa or Saralyn at 586-6623 or swarupat@awareak.org or saralynt@awareak.org.

• April 22: "Denim Day in LA & USA" is a national project of Peace Over Violence, a social service agency formerly called Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women, or LACAAW. It is a campaign to raise awareness and educate the public about rape and sexual assault by wearing jeans on April 22 as a visible sign of protest against the myths that still surround sexual assault. To register for Denim Day visit denimdayinla.org/signup/register.



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