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Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2017

We Have A TON Planned!

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is celebrated in April on an annual basis throughout the world. While every month is SAAM here at SARA, we wanted to plan special programming throughout the month to engage with the Roanoke Valley community. What we have coordinated are a number of awareness events, educational programs, fundraisers, and collaborations that truly strive towards this year’s theme of “Engaging New Voices”. It’s so easy to make a difference in our community this April. Listed below are ways for you to get involved, including all of our community events and information about our social media campaign, #30DaysofSAAM. HUGE shout out to NSVRC for providing all of the wonderful #SAAM materials!


You can support survivors, spread awareness, and win prizes!

Here’s How to Participate

Follow the daily prompts listed below each day in April. Tag your photo (on Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter) with #30DaysofSAAM, #SAAM, and tag: @SARARoanoke and @NSVRC. Each week we’ll randomly select a winner!

To see the daily prompts, click on the following image to make it larger!


SAAM t-shirts will be for sale for $15 with all of the proceeds going to SARA’s services. We will have them for sale at all of our events throughout the month. If you’d like to order one, please call the office, 540-345-7273. We are looking into options to sell them online, too! More information coming soon.

Get Involved!

Printed calendars are available, call 540-345-7273.


Ladies of Vision presents, "The New Me, No More Scars" Domestic Violence Conference

Saturday, April 1, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Shiloh Baptist Church
201 S. Market St., Salem, VA 24153

Keynote: Michele Smith Hairston “The Hidden Consequences of Domestic Violence”.
LOV Conference Registration

SAAM Kick-Off & Press Conference

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
11:00am – 12:00pm
Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building North Lobby
215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke, VA 24011

Join us to kick-off our first SAAM campaign in our community! A proclamation will be read by Mayor Sherman Lea and other speakers will be featured.
Eventbrite - SAAM Kick-Off & Press Conference

Sexual Violence Awareness & Bystander Intervention

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Metropolitan Community Church
806 Jamison Ave. SE
Roanoke, VA 24013

This conversation will be discussion/activity-oriented for people to learn more about the myths and facts of sexual violence including issues specific to the LGBT+ community. We’ll wrap up the workshop by practicing bystander intervention techniques!
Eventbrite - Sexual Violence Awareness & Bystander Intervention

No One Talks About It: Sexual Assault on College Campuses

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
7:00 – 8:30pm
Roanoke College, Colket Center: The Cavern
221 College Lane
Salem, VA 24153

Stereotypes, victim blaming, and a history of sexual assault on college campuses – this discussion will identify education as a key to prevention.
Eventbrite - No One Talks About It: Sexual Assault on College Campuses

Les Cheveux Fundraising Night

Thursday, April 6, 2017
4:00 – 7:00pm
Les Cheveux Salon & Day Spa
306 McClanahan St. SW
Roanoke, VA 24014

All stylists are donating their time and effort to bring you discounted services of which all proceeds go directly to SARA. Enjoy hor d’oeuvres and wine during your appointment to maximize self-care. Call Les Cheveux at 540-343-7211 to schedule your appointment.


Take Back the Night - JCHS

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Fourth Floor DogHouse
101 Elm St. SE


Office Yoga with Laura Guilliams

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
CoLab – Conference Room A
1327 Grandin Road SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

Using a chair and modified versions of poses, Laura invites you to lovingly and mindfully connect with your body and mind.
Eventbrite - Office Yoga with Laura Guilliams

Pure Barre Donation Classes

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
4:15, 5:30, 6:35pm
5036 Keagy Rd. Suite 202
Roanoke, VA 24018

Pure Barre is graciously hosting three donation classes to benefit SARA on Tuesday, April 18th. Space is limited!

Facebook Event - Pure Barre SARA Donation Classes

CASA at Hollins University: The Hunting Ground

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Hollins University, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Auditorium
7916 Williamson Road
Roanoke, VA 24020

Join CASA and SARA Roanoke for a showing of The Hunting Ground which raises awareness around campus sexual assault. Afterwards there will be a talkback.


Faith Leaders & Sexual Violence Awareness

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
12:00 – 1:30pm
Metropolitan Community Church
806 Jamison Ave. SE
Roanoke, VA 24013

Join the MCC and SARA for a conversation about creating religious and faith environments that address sexual violence in our communities. The group will reflect on their organizational policies and practices in engaging with both survivors and perpetrators of sexual violence.
Eventbrite - Faith Leaders & Sexual Violence Awareness

SARA Open House & Ribbon Cutting

Thursday, April 27, 2017
4:00 – 7:00pm
3034 Brambleton Ave. SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

Help us celebrate our new office addition made possible through the generosity of The Roanoke Women’s Foundation. Official ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m.
Eventbrite - Open House & Ribbon Cutting