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Wings of Hope Family Crisis Services
Prevention Newsletter
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Parent Pointers
This newsletter has been created to share resources and knowledge for education professionals working with teens. Its topics include healthy relationships, teen dating abuse, sexual assault, and resources. 
Hannah DiPasquale
Prevention Program Coordinator
  3800 N Washington
Stillwater, OK 74075
Office: (405) 372-9922
CRISIS LINE: (405) 624-3020
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In addition to Sexual Assault Awareness, April is also Child Abuse Prevention Month. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has compiled resources here. This link provides information on child abuse, statistics, prevention, and more.
This year for Denim Day, Wings of Hope Family Crisis Services is teaming up with 1is2many at Oklahoma State to host an event on April 25th. The Denim Day Symposium will be held in the Student Union Ballroom at OSU, room 265 from 6:30-7:30pm. There will be free food and entertainment provided at the event, plus the Average Fashion Blogger as a guest speaker! The event is free and there will be an opportunity to earn a service hour for students. There will also be door prizes!
This video gives a realistic look at campus sexual assault.
The short film Disfluency tells the story of Jane (Libe Barer) who is sexually assaulted by a classmate at a campus party. Her name is an overt reference to the anonymous survivors of rape whose stories we’ll never know.
More information about the short film and campus sexual assault can be found here on Refinery29.
First Male Gymnast to Accuse Larry Nassar of Sexual Assault
After over 260 accusations of sexual assault, Larry Nassar had yet another accuser come forward. Jacob Moore is the first male gymnast to accuse Larry Nassar of sexual assault. His sister was one of the many gymnasts who came forward during Nassar's trial, and her strength inspired Jacob to come forward as well.
Read the full story here.
Pictured: Jacob Moore and Larry Nassar
*Denim Day 2018*
For the past 19 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault. This year’s Denim Day is April 25, 2018.
Read the full history of Denim Day here!
"Sexual violence is any type of unwanted sexual conduct, ranging from sexist attitudes and actions to rape and murder. Sexual violence can include words and actions of a sexual nature against a person's will. An offender might also use force, threats, manipulation, or coercion to commit sexual violence." - National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!
Learn the facts about sexual violence with this infographic!
France is proposing a new bill that will increase the time a victim of sexual assault has to report the crime, implement on-the-spot fines for street harassment, and more!
France's New Bill Takes a Stand Against Sexual Violence
Read the full article here.
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center published an informative sheet on healthy communications with children. Take a look at it here!
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s mission is to provide leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaboration, sharing and creating resources, and promoting research. NSVRC is a leading source of information, statistics, and commentary on sexual violence. They have articles, information, resources for survivors, friends and family of survivors, advocates and educators, and media and press. To see what all NSVRC has to offer, click here!