Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2019

 

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April 9, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

The Native Alliance Against Violence Unites Oklahoma Tribes for Sexual Assault Awareness

Event brings recognition to the American Indian women that are disproportionately affected by sexual violence

OKMULGEE – In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Native Alliance Against Violence is sponsoring the 5th Annual Gathering of Voices: Addressing Sexual Assault in Indian Country at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Pavilion. The event will take place at 200 Preston Drive, Okmulgee, OK 74447, April 18, 2019 from 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

This year’s theme is “Standing up. Speaking out. Taking action.” Organizers of the gathering seek to bring attention to the unspoken struggles of Oklahoma’s American Indian women that have been affected by sexual assault. The event also aims at educating the community on how to respond to and acknowledge societal norms that promote violence against women.

“We want everyone to feel confident in knowing that they can take action to prevent and eradicate sexual violence. Native women are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assaults than other races, so it is important to demonstrate to survivors that there are steps being taken to stop the cycle of violence”, said Dawn Stover, Executive Director of the Native Alliance Against Violence.

The 5th Annual Gathering of Voices: Addressing Sexual Assault in Indian Country will be hosted by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Family Violence Prevention Program and is free and open to the public. The keynote speaker, Olga Trujillo, is an internationally renowned speaker and author that has devoted her career to helping others understand the impact of trauma on survivors of abuse. She will be sharing her own personal story of survival and how she was able to overcome and heal from the trauma she endured.

“We are encouraging survivors of sexual violence to recognize that there are many of us who are willing to stand up, speak out, and take action against sexual assault. You are not alone in the fight”, said Stover.

About the Native Alliance Against Violence:

The Native Alliance Against Violence (NAAV), is Oklahoma’s tribal domestic violence/sexual assault coalition and tribal technical assistance provider. The NAAV, a nonprofit organization, serves Oklahoma’s federally recognized tribes and the tribal programs that provide individuals and their children with the protection and services they need to pursue safe and healthy lives. The NAAV provides culturally appropriate training, technical assistance to address domestic and sexual violence, dating violence, stalking, and sex trafficking. Visit oknaav.org for more information.

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