Coordinated Community Response: Squad Car Magnets Spread Sexual-Assault Awareness

by Holli Fisher, Sexual Assault Center Program Manager

April 2021 marks 20 years of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The Sexual Assault Center of Family Services and its partners in law enforcement are working to increase awareness of the effects of sexual assault in our communities through a special display.

Teal is the color of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, so throughout April, teal ribbons will be displayed on the squad cars of 19 law-enforcement agencies in Brown, Door, Marinette and Oconto counties. The ribbons signify the relationship between the Sexual Assault Center and law enforcement in responding to and protecting survivors. 

The participating agencies include Ashwaubenon Public Safety; St. Norbert College and UW-Green Bay Campus Safety; the sheriff’s offices of Brown, Door, Marinette and Oconto counties; and the police departments of Coleman, De Pere, Gillett, Green Bay, Lena, Marinette, Pulaski, Oconto Falls, Oconto, Sturgeon Bay, Suring and Wrightstown.

The Sexual Assault Center assisted 1,453 survivors of sexual assault and sex trafficking in 2020. Its advocates work closely with law enforcement and other community partners to make sure victims get the free, confidential help they need to begin the healing process. Services include one-to-one support at the hospital and throughout the legal process, information and support groups, and prevention education at schools and organizations throughout the community.

Additional SAAM efforts in Door County during April include teal lighting on the Maritime Lighthouse Tower on Sturgeon Bay’s West Waterfront and information about prevention education and sexual-assault resources that’s available for pickup at the Door County Library’s Sturgeon Bay branch.

Family Services is a nonprofit human-services agency offering more than 35 programs to support the people of Brown, Door, Marinette and Oconto counties during times of challenge and transition. The staff uses a trauma-informed approach to help struggling children, teens and adults to reconnect to their family and community. To obtain more information about Sexual Assault Awareness Month, contact Holli Fisher at 920.436.4360, ext. 1393, or [email protected].