Celebrate Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Today is the first day of Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, an entire month dedicated to educating and raising awareness about these two issues that are still often misunderstood and difficult to talk about. This month we are dedicated to educating our community on the FACTS about child abuse and sexual assault. We will share information each day that will dispel the myths that remain pervasive. We will provide opportunities for you to get involved and to support Julie Valentine Center. We will honor survivors and share survivor experiences to give a voice to those who have often been silenced. We will also celebrate the incredible work that is being done in our community to end child abuse and sexual assault.
We kick off this month by sharing a moderated panel discussion about trauma informed care for sexual assault victims. Thanks to a generous grant from Greenville Women Giving, JVC was able to expand and improve our services for sexual assault victims and survivors. The panel features Ellen Kennedy (Sexual Assault Nurse Coordinator at Prisma), Jamika Nedwards (Crisis Program Director at JVC), and Evelyn Mitchell (JVC Board Member, Survivor Advocate, and Investigator at the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office). Each panelist brings a unique perspective to the discussion as they share information about the experience of victims during sexual assault exams at the Emergency Room and the coordinated efforts of a team dedicated to ensure that victims receive the care that they need and deserve.
Below you will find a list of ways to get involved in supporting JVC during the month of April. Thank for supporting JVC not only during Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but every day of the year!