April Is Child Abuse Prevention, Sexual Assault Awareness Month

While enduring the COVID-19 crisis, many in the community suffer in silence. Child abuse and sexual assault are not uncommon on the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Family Resource Center Inc. encourages everyone to support victims and survivors during this month and the months to come. FRC asks people to do what they can to support the organization as it responds to the increased reports of violence, assault and child abuse in the territory.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is a time to act collectively to raise awareness and empower people across the nation to play a role in helping children, families and entire communities thrive. Throughout the month, the organization will be reinforcing the message that “Everyone can make great childhoods happen — especially you, especially now!” Wear blue this Friday and post it on social media to show support for the children of the Virgin Islands.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month’s (SAAM’s) Day of Action. On Tuesday, April 7, help paint social media teal (the color of sexual assault awareness and prevention) by sharing a selfie with the color teal and using hashtags #SAAM and #TeamFRC.

Post: “Today is the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day of Action, and I’m going #Teal to show my support for survivors. #SAAM #TeamFRC #IAsk #DayOfAction #USVI”

Teal ribbons, T-shirts, nails, hair, makeup, jewelry, ties and other accessories have been popular items worn in the past. Some creative people have even decked their pets out in teal. Wearing teal will serve as a conversation-starter for important issues like consent, respect and supporting survivors.

Denim Day is April 29

Denim Day 2020 – Wednesday, April 29

The Denim Day campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court when a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped her rapist 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. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.

This year’s Denim Day will be held on April 29. Please donate $5 to Family Resource Center and wear jeans in support of the victims of Sexual Assault in the Virgin Islands.

How to Donate:

Credit Card: www.usvifrc.org/donation

PayPal: [email protected]

Mail a check: “Family Resource Center” at 2317 Commandant Gade, St. Thomas, VI 00802

Get involved:

→Report sexual assault or child abuse by calling 911

→Wear teal or royal blue throughout April (official SAAM color)

(official child abuse prevention color)

→Add the teal and/or royal blue ribbon as your profile picture on social media accounts (download pic below)

→Wear blue on April 3, teal on April 7 and jeans for “Denim Day” on April 29

→Don’t engage in gossip about victims or use sexually oppressive language

→If you encounter a victim or survivor, don’t judge them or ask them why they did or did not take certain actions. Simply say, “I’m here for you,” or ask “How can I help?”

→If you are a victim of sexual assault, contact the Family Resource Center on St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island at 776-STOP (7867) or Women’s Coalition of St. Croix at 773-9272.

→Keep a positive attitude daily; speak words of kindness and conduct acts of love.

Sexual assault can happen to anyone, so take a stand today and support victims and survivors of sexual assault by making a choice to act!