ASPEN’s April 2017 Newsletter

Together with one voice, we can prevent sexual violence by changing cultural behaviors.
Prevention requires addressing the root causes and social norms that allow sexual violence to exist. This April we're calling on individuals and groups to play a critical role in changing those causes and norms.
We’re strongest when we raise our voices together, and that’s why we’re engaging new groups in the movement. These groups can help the next generation foster attitudes that promote healthy relationships, equality, and respect. These new voices will have a ripple effect on those they teach, guide, and influence.
What you can do
As individuals, all of us have a role to play in creating safe environments. We can all:
• Intervene to stop problematic and disrespectful behavior
• Promote and model healthy attitudes, behaviors, and relationships
• Believe survivors and assist them in finding resources
What communities can do
Communities and organizations also have a role to play in serving as leaders on this issue by:
• Creating and strengthening policies to promote safety, equality, and respect
• Assessing the risks in their environment
• Promoting respectful behaviors • Providing support for survivors
• Holding those who harm others accountable and ensuring that appropriate treatment options are available
Be a part of the solution
The time for prevention is now. Join us in promoting safe behaviors, thoughtful policies, and healthy relationships. Your efforts are important and necessary. Together, we can create safe and equitable communities where every person is treated with respect.

A Huge Thank You to all the donors and supporters who joined us for our 7th Annual Soup to End the Silence.

You helped ASPEN raise over $14,000!!
Thank you to our donors!

Upcoming Events

In 1999, an Italian High Court overturns a rape conviction declaring that, because the victim wore very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex. This became known throughout Italy as the “jeans alibi.” Enraged by the verdict, women in the Italian Parliament protested the ruling by wearing jeans on the steps of parliament. As news of this decision spread, so did the protest!
Peace Over Violence’s Denim Day, a global award winning rape prevention education campaign, asks community members, elected officials, businesses and students to wear jeans on this day as a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual violence.
There are many ways to show support for Denim Day:
Wearing jeans (especially if they are not part of your normal work wear)
Wearing a denim shirt or blazer
Wearing a Denim Day button or t-shirt
Posting educational posters during the month of April.

For more information or to get involved contact Mary Young at 222-5902 ext 5 or
Register Here

Faith leaders have a unique opportunity to promote primary prevention messages throughout their community.
The purpose of this training is to build effective partnerships in order to build awareness, empower victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, and give a voice to survivors. Communities of faith have an important role to play in eradicating domestic and sexual violence and empowering those most affected by it.

Faith Leader's Training
Saturday, April 29th
10 am to Noon
ASPEN office
320 North Main, Livingston
RSVP to Mary Young at 222-5902 ext 5 or