April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month | SAAM 2020
Sexual violence crosses all racial, cultural, age, gender and socio-economical boundaries.
Did You Know?
It is estimated that every 73 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted, compared to 2019 where it was 98 seconds. And every 9 minutes, that victim is a child. That is 1 in 6 women, 1 in 33 men and 1 in 9 girls & 1 in 53 boys (under the age of 18 experience sexual abuse or assault at the hands of an adult).
Last year alone, WCYFS:
- Provided services to 1092 victims
- Provided 883 victims & their significant others crisis intervention services
- Provided 606 victims & significant others received advocacy and accompaniment
- Provided 376 victims & significant others individual & group counseling
- Received 206 calls to our 24-Hour Helpline
- Participated in 110 SART investigations. Our team of Sexual Assault Specialists are part of the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) who respond to emergency calls for sexual assault cases from law enforcement or hospitals. They provide confidential advocacy services to sexual assault victims participating in the medical exam while educating them of their rights.
Help bring awareness and show your support by joining us for:
Wear Teal Day! Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Wear teal, the color of sexual assault awareness and prevention, on Tuesday, April 7, 2020! Wearing teal—whether it’s a teal ribbon, shirt, or other accessory—will show your support for survivors and serve as a conversation-starter about Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Snap. Tag. Hashtag.
Share a selfie of your teal look on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Tag us and use the hashtags #WCYFS #WearTealDay #SAAM2020.
DENIM DAY! Wednesday, April 29th
Wear Jeans with a Purpose!
Join us by wearing denim on April 29, 2020 to bring awareness and show your support for those who have been victimized by sexual assault. Make a donation and help an individual start their healing journey!
Snap a Picture.
Share your photos on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! Tag us and use the hashtags #WCYFS #DenimDaySJC #SAAM2020. If you made a donation download the I Donated to WCYFS sign and take a picture with your jeans.
Denim Day was established 20 years ago in 1999 after a controversial ruling by the Italian Supreme Court. An 18-year-old girl in Italy was raped by her driving instructor, but the Italian Supreme Court overturned the rape conviction on the basis of the victim’s clothing. They concluded that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped to remove them and, therefore, gave consent. Wearing jeans on Denim Day reminds us of the harmful attitudes and misconceptions surrounding sexual assault.
Donations can be made via online by clicking the bottom below or sending in a check to:
620 N. San Joaquin Street
Stockton, CA 95202.
Remember to include in the memo: "Denim Day 2020"
All proceeds benefit WCYFS’ services for victims of sexual assault.
Other ways you can GET INVOLVED!
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SPREAD THE WORD
Invite us to speak at your business or organization and request awareness month materials. Contact us at (209) 941-2611.
Stay informed and get resources so you can help end sexual assault in our community.
Sexual Assault 24-Hour Helpline: (209) 465-4997
ATTENTION: WCYFS’ 40th Annual Luncheon Postponed
WCYFS is postponing its 40th Annual Luncheon due to the rising concerns around the Conoravirus and recommendations from government agencies.
WCYFS cares deeply about the health of its community and supporters.
“As an agency that focuses on crisis intervention, we are highly accustomed to pivoting our efforts to ensure the safety of individuals throughout our community. Our team is working diligently to inform both supporters and the community and to coordinate next steps and event planning details. As soon as we have new information and a new date, we will be sharing it,” states Krista Fiser, WCYFS’ CEO.
Women's Center-Youth & Family Services
40th Annual Luncheon
Empowerment: The Future of Victim Services
Please JOIN US as we share the stories of three survivors. Hear from them what it’s taken to turn their trauma into triumph. Their journeys, like many of ours, are not yet over, but they are on the path to healing, self-sufficiency and making great impact!
PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING US as an EVENT SPONSOR.
All proceeds from the luncheon will be used to help improve the lives of the youth, children, women and men we serve every day.
Click Here to download the Sponor Packet!
For tickets and more information contact us at (209) 941-2611.
Panelists of Survivors & Advocates
Adrianna is currently an SA/DV Specialist co-located at the Family Justice Center and has been with WCYFS for almost four years in various capacities. She has lived experience as a survivor of human trafficking and was incarcerated for five years as a direct result of her exploitation. As a survivor and advocate, she shares her story in hopes of educating community members and supporting other survivors. Adrianna is passionate about activating the power of those most impacted by mass incarceration and human trafficking.
Tamara, also known as “Rara,” is a tri-athlete from Lincoln High School and a graduate of San Joaquin Delta College. She is a former host of American CageFighter on Comcast SportsNet. Tamara has experienced teen dating violence, domestic violence and sexual assault throughout different periods of her life. As a survivor, she founded Rara Rocks, a campaign to spread community awareness and help survivors heal from their traumatic experiences. Her motto is, “Heal when you reveal to your ‘Rocks.’” (“Rocks” represent each individual’s support system.)
Elizabeth Vasquez Quiroz
Elizabeth is a student at Sonoma State university working on her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Master’s degree in Social Work. Elizabeth entered the foster care system and eventually dropped out of high school. She developed a drug addiction and found herself trapped in human sex trafficking and abusive relationships for over ten years. She was in and out of jail, but when she got arrested soon after giving birth to her son, she knew she had to turn her life around. She completed her GED while incarcerated and participated in a residential treatment program. Now, as a survivor of child abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking, Elizabeth is speaking out about her experience and working to open a safe house for victims of human trafficking in Sonoma County.
Thank you to our generous sponsors whose support made this possible!
Community Change | $10,000
Michael & Gia Duffy
Restoring Hope | $5,000
Empowering Victims | $3,000
Duke was a Stockton policeman both before and after the formation of the Women’s Center.
“The support of the women of the victim advocate group was tremendous. Their ability to provide emotional support to these victims was amazing and very helpful to us in our efforts to successfully arrest the perpetrators. “
- E.R. “Duke” Williams
Building Futures | $1,500
John & Francesca Vera
Protecting Families | $1,000
BAC Community Bank
California Water Service
Golden 1 Credit Union
Golden State Restaurant Group
Phyllis Grupe & Meredith Baker
San Joaquin County Commission on the Status of Women
San Joaquin County Office of Education
Winton-Ireland Insurance Agency, Inc.
Fostering Courage | $500
Animal protection League
Bank of Stockton
Bill and Joan Topp
Craig and Cathy Schrader
Correctional Improvement & Sustainability Consultant LLC
David and Jean Sant
Delta Health Care
Family Resource and Referral Center
Lodi Center & Friends
Lodi Police Department
Oak Valley Community Bank
San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office
San Joaquin Delta College
Stockton Police Department
Stockton Police Officers' Association
Please Check Back! List will be updated as we get more Sponsorships.