This April marks the 20th anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Why do we need an awareness month for sexual assault? Because preventing and ending sexual violence is only possible if people are aware of the issue and understand how sexual violence impacts individuals and the community.

Sexual violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, gender, and socio-economic status. However, we know that violence thrives in inequitable environments and that oppression is one of the root causes of sexual violence. Therefore, we cannot address and end sexual violence without considering and addressing other forms of violence and oppression that stem from racism, sexism, and homophobia.

We all have a part to play in ending sexual violence. Ending violence requires community-level advocacy and change. We must work to dismantle the systems, beliefs, and attitudes that allow sexual violence to occur in our communities. 

This April, follow CADA on Facebook or Instagram to learn about different ways that YOU can help prevent and end sexual violence.

Stand Against Racism
This year, CADA has teamed up with YWCA Mankato and The REACH for the Stand Against Racism campaign. Annually, YWCA chapters throughout the nation participate in Stand Against Racism as a way of helping community members understand various components of racism and how they can actively participate in its elimination.

This year’s campaign brings to light racism as a public health issue. Domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking have significant health implications and affect Black and Indigenous People of Color at disproportionate rates. By working together with our nonprofit partners we can better understand and serve our community’s needs.

You can join us as we Stand Against Racism by:
  • Donating supplies between April 1st and April 23rd
  • Take the pledge to stand against racism
  • Pick up your Stand Against Racism swag kit and post pictures to share the message

To learn more about the Stand Against Racism campaign and get involved, click here.

Hy-Vee Reusable Bag Program

This month, CADA will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable red "My Heart" Bag at the Hy-Vee store located at Hy-Vee 1002 Old Minnesota Avenue in St. Peter. 

Register for the event!
We want to invite you to a Virtual Open House on Wednesday, April 28th at 9:30 a.m. Take a morning coffee break and join us for a 30-45 minute event. At the open house you’ll have the chance to learn more about CADA’s four main programs – community advocacy, education and prevention, emergency shelter, and our supervised parenting time centers. This will be a great opportunity to meet some of our awesome staff and advocates who provide the life-saving and life-changing services day in and day out.

At the virtual open house, you’ll also get to see a short video about our agency and get a first look at CADA’s NEW LOGO!

After the 30-minute main event, we will have four breakout rooms open for 15 minutes where you can join Q&A sessions with our program managers. 

Sexual Violence Prevention Work
April is a busy month for CADA’s Prevention and Education Program! This year CADA is focused on empowering and centering the voices of survivors in our community. In the coming weeks, we will be working with survivors and using art to connect to one another and to healing. We will be working with various survivor focused groups in the community to create a survivor art installation.

On April 28th from 5-8pm we will be gathering (safely) at a space TBD to show our solidarity with survivors by honoring Denim Day and showing the importance of standing in solidarity more than ever with survivors. Keep an eye out on our social medias for more details!

If you’d like to be more involved or support these prevention and awareness events, contact Sabrina. 

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