Safe Horizon Participates in Events Honoring Victims of Crime and Abuse
Posted on: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
This month, Safe Horizon is proud to be participating in numerous events honoring survivors of rape and sexual assault, and the children, individuals and families affected by other acts of violence and crime. In addition to recognizing April as National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, Safe Horizon participates in National Crime Victims’ Rights Week- a week dedicated to promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.
“As a society, we must develop a better understanding of how we can prevent incidents of sexual assault, violence and crime in the first place, and how we can reach out to and support current victims,” says Ariel Zwang CEO of Safe Horizon. “By giving survivors the chance to speak out about their experiences, we can take a deeper look at ourselves and each other to make a broad social change and let the silent victims among us know that they are not alone.”
Below is a list of upcoming events in April. Please join us in honoring the courageous members of our communities and showing them your unwavering support.
Brooklyn Community Program’s 4th Annual SAYSO - Sexual Assault Yearly Speak Out
Tuesday, April 23 2:30-5:30pm
Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza
This event offers victims of sexual assault the opportunity to share their story and raise awareness about the issue. In addition to survivors speaking out about their experiences and healing processes, this year we have an information fair, survivor tribute, self-defense demo, raffles and much more!
Wednesday, April 24 3:00-6:00pm
Staten Island Ferry Terminal
To commemorate National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, the Safe Horizon Staten Island Community Programs will honor Denim Day, an international movement dedicated to raising awareness about sexual violence in our cultures.
Denim Day is a response to a 1999 Italian court ruling that blamed a victim for a sexual assault because she was wearing very tight jeans and therefore the perpetrator could not have removed them himself. In the court’s opinion the victim was a willing participant. California was the first state to establish Denim Day in the US, today more than 20 states across the country honor Denim Day during the month of April.
Queens Community Program- Denim Day Celebration
Wednesday, April 24 10:00am
Jackson Heights, NY
Safe Horizon’s Queens Community Program will be hosting an informational tabling event in recognition of Denim Day. The table will be set up in Jackson Heights, Queens and will provide information and resources to the public.
The Richmond County District Attorney’s Office and Safe Horizon: 18th Annual Candlelight Vigil
Thursday, April 25, 6:30-8:00pm
The Sipp Auditorium at Richmond University Medical Center
355 Bard Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10310
This vigil is an opportunity for attendees to honor and pay tribute to victims and survivors of crime in our community through inspirational stories of strength, resilience and healing, captivating song, music, poetry and ritual.
Picture boards will be available for a photo display of victims and survivors of crime. Please feel free to bring a picture of your loved one to share.
Safe Horizon Brooklyn Community Program - National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Tribute
Thursday, April 25 6:30-8:00pm
Safe Horizon Training Center
50 Court Street, 8th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
In recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Safe Horizon’s Brooklyn Community Program is hosting a tribute with keynote speaker Tina M. Stanford, Esq. Director, New York State Office of Victim Services. The event will also include survivor testimonies, a photo memorial, awards, children’s activities, resources and refreshments.