AMHC puts new spin on sexual assault prevention

12 years ago

Every April, AMHC Sexual Assault Services recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness Month. However, the statewide focus has shifted toward talking about healthy relationships and healthy sexuality.

“Part of preventing sexual violence is engaging our community members in learning about healthy ways to be in relationships,” says Lydia Christie, program coordinator of AMHC Sexual Assault Services, “and what helps survivors of sexual violence reclaim a sense of control over their lives and help them heal is to have healthy relationships. This is an incredibly important campaign.”

Do It — With Consent! is the new statewide campaign and it focuses on all types of relationships.

“Prevention of sexual violence –- and in fact, all violent crimes — boils down to basic respect for others and for those with whom we have relationships throughout life,” continued Christie. “From asking your boss for permission to take the day off to asking to pat someone else’s dog to holding hands to having sex — it’s all is about respect and consent.”

To celebrate Sexual Assault Awareness Month, AMHC Sexual Assault Services plans to host the following events.

• April 12 — 7 p.m Movie Night/Coffee House at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, in Crocker Common, open to all UMFK students.

• April 14 — 7 p.m. Coffee House with live music at Cup Café in Houlton.

• April 17 — 7 p.m. Movie Night at University of Maine at Presque Isle, multi-purpose room, open to UMPI students.

• April 19 — 2 p.m. “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, open to all students.

• April 28 — 3rd Annual “Breaking the Violence Against Sexual Violence “  a 2-mile walk/ 5-mile run Houlton Band of Maliseet Gym. Registration begins at 9 am. Call Katie at 532-3000 for more information.

• Wear the color teal during April to support Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

• The Clothesline Project will be displayed the month of April at Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library in Presque Isle.

For more information, please contact Wendy Page at 764-3319.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, please call the toll-free, confidential statewide crisis and support line at 1-800-871-7741 or 1-888-458-559.