Our 40th: Raising Awareness to End Sexual Violence

April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and we invite you to join us in our year-round effort to raise awareness about sexual violence and the fact that it affects so many in the communities we serve. As we celebrate CPAF’s 40th anniversary this year, we look forward to working in partnership with you, our supporters, and many communities in this ongoing effort to prevent and end all forms of violence.

In April, we organized and participated in 10 activities and involved more than 250 people in support of ending violence, bringing us to a total of more than 600 community members engaged since January. In honor of SAAM, here are a few highlights of our community activities from this past month:

#RIPSexual Violence Awareness Campaign – Throughout April, we engaged our community via social media. We asked community members to Recognize the signs of sexual violence, to Intervene and support our survivors, and learn ways to Prevent the violence before it starts.

#RIPSexualViolence

Comcast NBC Universal “Comcast Cares Day” – The Asian Pacific Americans @ NBC Universal employee resource group convened 27 volunteers to our CPAF Community Center to assemble children’s welcome kits and mother’s day gift baskets for the families we serve; build two large storage cabinets and a bookcase; clean and organize our Community Center kitchen, counseling room toys, IT room, and more!

Asian Pacific Americans @ NBC Universal

Healthy Relationships Workshop with UPLIFT – CPAF staff conducted a Healthy Relationships workshop with UPLIFT Los Angeles, an undocumented Asian and Pacific Islander (API) youth-led organization that advocates on behalf of immigration legislative issues. As many undocumented youth may struggle with many barriers in wanting to report abuse in their personal relationships, CPAF staff led an open discussion about issues regarding domestic and sexual violence, and services provided by CPAF that can help.

Earth Day Hike with Shelter Clients – CPAF team members led two different hikes with some residents of our transitional and emergency shelters. The families enjoyed a day of hiking and connecting with nature, as we celebrated Earth Day, and all that Mother Earth has to give to us.

Denim Day, April 25, 2018 – In honor of Denim Day, various CPAF team members spoke at different locations to discuss sexual violence in light of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, as well as the importance of voicing consent in all our relationships. We spoke at several schools, including San Gabriel High School, Occidental College, and University of Southern California. We also joined San Gabriel Valley Medical Center to be interviewed on in-language media and provide more information on how we work with the hospital to help those affected by sexual violence.

Denim Day collage by CPAF Youth

Arbor Day at CPAF – In celebration of Arbor Day, some of our CPAF staff and clients planted a baby Meyer lemon tree, and had a butterfly and ladybug release afterwards. A lemonade reception followed, where CPAF staff led a tasting of several different homemade lemonade recipes.

Arbor Day at CPAF

CPAF’s Shelter Director, Patima Komolamit, was named a “SHEro” by the National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA) – read more in our blog post here.

CPAF's Shelter Director named a SHEro by SCESA

Please visit our 40th Anniversary page to learn about upcoming events, as we continue to engage with you – our community – to end domestic and sexual violence.

Thank you for your support of the families we serve. We thank you for caring and demonstrating your support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

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