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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month


Nationally, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. This year, SAAM is celebrating its 17th anniversary with the theme Embrace Your Voice to help individuals, communities and the private sector understand how they can take action to promote safety, respect and equality to stop sexual assault before it happens.


Start By Believing Day, April 4

The Start By Believing Campaign is a global effort to transform the way we, as community members, advocates, law enforcement and the criminal legal system, respond to sexual assualt.

Please join The City of Santa Cruz Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and the Santa Cruz Police Department Wednesday, April 4th at 12:30 for Start By Believing Day to listen to our Police Chief, members of city council, local service providers and sexual assualt survivors speak about the importance of believing survivor's stories. You will also be able to take the Start By Believing Pledge. Activities will take place in the City Hall Courtyard.


Denim Day, April 25

Denim Day is a campaign to prevent sexual violence though education and public awareness. On April 25th, wear jeans with a purpose, support survivors, and educate yourself and others about sexual assualt.


Self-Defense Classes for Girls and Women

Santa Cruz self-defense classes for girls and women of all ages will be available throughout April and May and are hosted by the Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women. Click here to register and select Self-Defense Classes under "Type".

Classes include:

Safety Skills for Senior Women 55+
Every Saturday, April 28-May 19

Teen Women's Self-Defense Class (ages 13-17)
Every Monday, April 30-May 21

Women's Beginning Self-Defense
Every Thursday, May 3-May 24

Girls & Women Allies Self-Defense Class (ages 8-12)
Every Saturday, May 5-May 19

Women's Self-Defense Beginning Workshop
Every Sunday, May 6-May 13

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