For All Seasons Holds Events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (EASTON, MD – APRIL 1, 2019)
BETH ANNE LANGRELL, 410-822-1018
For All Seasons, which is the only Rape Crisis Center on the Mid Shore, is holding several events in April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. Sexual violence happens in all communities. The month-long awareness activities will include exhibits and proclamations in all five counties on the Mid Shore and a community-wide Denim Day event on April 24.
The Rape Crisis
Center at For All Seasons will be hosting exhibits at the following locations
which will include information about how to responds to sexual assault and how
the public can support rape survivors in our community through their project,
“Comfort Kits.” The exhibits will be on display at the MRDC Head Start/Caroline
County Library in Denton, Dorchester Public Library in Cambridge, Chesapeake
College in Wye Mills, Washington College in Chestertown, the Kent Family
Support Center in Chestertown, Haven Ministries in Centreville, Queen Anne
County Public Schools/Judy Center in Centreville, and the Talbot County Free
Library in Easton.
a project of For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center, is a way for For All Seasons
Victim Advocates to bring comfort on every call to the hospital to support a
victim of rape, sexual assault, abuse, or a traumatic experience. Because a
victim’s clothing often needs to be left behind as evidence, each “Comfort Kit”
includes a nice travel bag, basic clothing, footwear, and undergarments,
personal hygiene items, a journal, and other items to return dignity, provide
comfort and let them know someone cares. A special addition to the “Comfort
Kits” is a sterling silver Hope Heart necklace, provided by Thomas’s Fine Jewelry
in Cambridge, MD. Trade Whims in Easton is partnering with For All Seasons to
provide the travel bags for the “Comfort Kits.” Any business that wishes to
support the “Comfort Kits” should contact Stella Lee Coulbourne, For All
Seasons Director of Sexual Assault Programming, at 410-822-1018.
comments, “Without this kit, the victim of a sexual assault would leave in a
hospital gown. Our staff decided to prepare these kits to help return dignity,
provide comfort, and let survivors know that someone cares.”
April 24, at 12 noon at the Talbot County Court House Green, on Washington
Street in Easton, For All Seasons will host its first community Denim Day
event. Participants are encouraged to wear denim with a purpose on this day to show
their support in ending sexual violence. Denim Day is an international day
created 20 years ago after an Italian court overruled a rape conviction because
the victim was wearing tight jeans. Wearing denim with a purpose on this day is
way to protest the misconceptions and victim-blaming around sexual violence. A
special treat from Rita’s will be served and a group photo taken. To register
for this event, call 443-258-2130, visit forallseasonsinc.org or register at https://denimday2019-forallseasons.eventbrite.com.
Seasons’ 2019 sexual assault campaign focuses on the message “#metoo. We
believe you.” The campaign is targeted at helping both men and women talk about
this issue and to not be afraid to tell their stories about sexual
assault. For All Seasons serves Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne,
and Talbot counties. For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center offers certified sexual
assault victim advocates; counseling and support groups, free and confidential
services in English and Spanish, support in the hospital, police department,
and court, and referrals to social and legal services. For All Seasons English
Hotline is 1-800-310-RAPE (7273) and Spanish Hotline is 410-829-6143.
Seasons offers individual and group therapy, general, child and adolescent
therapy, marriage and couples’ counseling, grief counseling, school-based
mental health therapy, urgent care services, Rape Crisis Response, Rape Crisis
Counseling and Support, 24-Hour English and Spanish Hotlines, and education and
outreach programming. For further information about For All Seasons or make a
donation, call 410-822-1018 or visit forallseasonsinc.org.
Pictured is For All Seasons “Comfort Kits” is a project of For All Seasons Rape
Crisis Center to bring comfort on every call to the hospital to support a
victim of rape, sexual assault, abuse, or a traumatic experience.