TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Sierra Vista Police Department’s exterior lights have been fitted to glow teal throughout April as a visual pledge of support for survivors of sexual violence. SVPD is also hosting an informational display inside its lobby.
Teal is the designated color for sexual assault awareness and SVPD recognizes the importance of bringing attention to this widespread issue. More than one in three women and nearly one in four men have experienced sexual violence involving physical contact at some point in their lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Sexual violence and harassment are dehumanizing forms of abuse that harm our communities and have significant implications for physical and mental health,” SVPD Cpl. Jordan Boltinghouse says. “Through prevention education, awareness, a strong continuum of victim services, and holding perpetrators responsible for their actions, individuals, agencies, organizations, and communities can work together to prevent sexual assault and support victims and survivors.”
About Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month is coordinated by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). This year’s campaign “We Can Build Safe Online Spaces” highlights how to practice consent online and build respectful communities.
NSVRC encourages individuals and communities to commemorate SAAM and show support for survivors of sexual harassment and abuse by wearing teal — the color of sexual violence prevention — on April 6 and posting a selfie to Twitter or Instagram using #SAAM2021.
To learn more about how to join this year’s campaign go to www.nsvrc.org/saam.