Amador County Says NO MORE!
First launched in 2013, NO MORE was created as a unifying symbol—much like breast cancer awareness pink ribbon or the HIV/AIDS awareness red ribbon—in order to help increase the visibility of the problems of domestic violence and sexual assault, which, despite significant progress, too often remained hidden, misunderstood, and woefully underfunded.
This April, during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Operation Care has decided to take the NO MORE pledge and encourage all of Amador County to do so.
Together, we’re making a commitment. Take the pledge to:
Understanding the warning signs or red flags for domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse is a critical first step in addressing and preventing these crimes.
STAND WITH SURVIVORS
If someone discloses that they have or are being abused let them know that the abuse is not their fault. It may be difficult for them to talk about the abuse but you don’t need to be an expert, you just need to be a friend. Reassure them that they are not alone, they are not to blame for what happened and that there is help and support out there. Help them to contact Operation Care at 209-223-2600 for an advocate to support their needs and safety.
Challenge comments that blame the victim for what has happened to them by letting your friends know that blaming the victim is inappropriate and offensive and encouraging them to consider why society questions the victim’s behavior rather than the perpetrator’s behavior. Learn how you can safely step in and speak up when you’re witnessing behavior that may put someone in danger.
We encourage Amador County residents to participate by wearing teal, the national color for SAAM, and to help us promote sexual assault awareness during the month of April by joining us in any or all of the following ways:
March 5-12, 2023
NO MORE WEEK
In preparation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Operation Care has teamed up with NO More to make a stand against sexual violence and engage bystanders to take action (read more). We encourage agencies and individuals to say NO MORE so that together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault. #NOMORE
Look out for our Teal People!
Be on the look out at participating agencies for our Teal People.
Adapted from the Silent Witness Project, Operation Care created teal people with unique QR codes outlining Operation Care statistics in Amador County.
It is our hope that these exhibits create awareness and promote discussion about Sexual Assault in our community.
Wear Teal Color
Teal is the national color of sexual assault awareness month. Operation Care encourages community members to wear teal during the month of April to spread awareness and begin the discussion about sexual assault.
Baskets filled with SAAM items can be found at various locations throughout the county. Spread the word and invite your friends and family to show their support by speaking up against sexual violence.
For the locations of the baskets or if you are interested in having a baskets of sexual assault awareness items at your business or office please contact our us at 209.223.2897 and we will gladly provide FREE teal sexual assault awareness items!
April 23-29, 2023
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
The theme this year is Survivor Voices Elevate. Engage. Effect Change.
The theme calls upon communities to amplify the voices of survivors and create environments where survivors have the confidence that they will be heard, believed, and supported.
Victim Witness and Operation Care are bringing awareness to victims of crime this week by providing a number of events to the community and our partnering agencies. Stay tuned for flyers and information on the events being held this week!
For more information on National Crime Victims’ Rights Week CLICK HERE
April 26th Denim Day
Operation Care encourages the community to wear jeans on Wednesday, April 26, 2023, to raise awareness about sexual assault and show support for victims of sexual assault. Denim Day was established in 1996 when a rape case was overturned by the Italian Supreme Court. In this case, the perpetrator, who had been previously convicted for sexual assault, argued that because the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped the perpetrator take off her pants during her assault, therefore making it consensual. This decision created a widespread campaign known as “Denim Day” in which jeans are worn on the last Wednesday of April to protest sexual violence. Learn more about denim day here.