CCR: Sexual Assault Awareness Month Collaboration Appreciation

by SOPHIE SIELEN, County Coordinator/Victim Advocate, Family Services Sexual Assault Center

Throughout April, community members were encouraged to look for the color teal – the color of sexual-assault awareness – on display courtesy of community partners and businesses. With April concluded, the Sexual Assault Center (SAC) would like to express appreciation to the community for its collaboration and support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and highlight those who helped to spread awareness about sexual violence.

Some of the community collaborators that displayed teal ribbons, a yard sign or a SAAM display were law-enforcement squad cars, the Door County Library’s Sturgeon Bay branch, Healthy Way Market, Lawlss Coffee and the Door County Justice Center. On April 1, the Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower was lit up in teal to shine a light on sexual violence. 

Two local coffee shops went above and beyond with their support. Get Real Cafe in Sturgeon Bay and Blue Horse Beach Cafe in Fish Creek worked with the SAC to paint teal ribbons on their windows so that both passersby outside and customers inside could see the ribbons and what they stand for. 

Both shops also created a delicious specialty drink – with a beautiful teal color – for April to show their support all month long. Get Real created the Blue Healer: a smoothie made of spinach, pineapple, avocado, banana, almond milk and blue spirulina. Blue Horse created the Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Latte: a latte with rose and vanilla simple syrups, butterfly pea flower tea powder, and oat milk. 

SAC is very appreciative of the collaborations with community members and partners this year and looks forward to continuing these collaborations during Paint the Town Teal for future SAAMs. Business proprietors who are interested in participating next April may call the SAC at 920.746.8996 to get connected.

SAAM is an important month, but sexual-assault awareness, prevention education and survivor support go on all year long and are always needed. The SAC is here to provide that awareness, education and support. To get information about its services, learn how you can help support survivors or speak to an Advocate in Door County, call 920.746.8996.

This article is brought to you in part by the Door County Coordinated Community Response (CCR) to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Teams and the Door County Elder and Adult-at-Risk Interdisciplinary Team.

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