Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee encourages the community to "Shatter the Silence"

(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.)  The Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee, a service of the Helen Ross McNabb Center, is hosting its 4th annual Shatter the Silence event at Blue Slip Winery, located at 300 W. Depot Avenue in Knoxville on Thursday, April 18, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

“Survivors of sexual assault often have feelings of guilt and shame, which may cause them to stay silent about the abuse,” said Catherine Oaks, director of victim services. “This is why it is very important to create a safe space in the community that enables us to have open conversations that promote the support and healing of survivors.”

This year’s event will include a short program with testimonies from sexual assault survivors from 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. the program will be followed by community information booths.

Men, women and children are all affected by sexual violence. One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused by the age of 18 years old. All services provided by the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee are free and confidential.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities

April 2: Teal Day
The community is invited to wear teal, the awareness color for sexual assault, and share pictures on social media using the hashtag #TEALout.

April 3: Start by Believing Day
The community is encouraged to unify around one message for survivors of sexual assault: We believe you! Take the pledge to start by believing here.

April 10: Red My Lips
The community is invited to help raise awareness for sexual assault by wearing red lipstick as part of the national “Red My Lips” movement. Learn more about the “Red My Lips” campaign here.

April 24: Denim Day
The community is encouraged to wear denim and share pictures on social media using the hashtag #DenimDay. To learn more about national Denim Day, click here.

The Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee celebrates 46 years of providing excellent and compassionate services for victims and survivors of sexual assault and empowering communities through education and social change. SACET was founded in 1973 as the Knoxville Rape Crisis Center and remains one of three comprehensive, community sexual assault agencies in the state of Tennessee, serving 12 counties. SACET has four programs areas, which include forensic nursing, advocacy, therapy and education. The 24-hour sexual assault crisis hotline is 865-522-7273.

The Helen Ross McNabb Center is a premier not-for-profit provider of behavioral health services in East Tennessee. Since 1948, the Center has provided quality and compassionate care to children, adults and families experiencing mental illness, addiction and social challenges. As the Center celebrates more than 70 years of providing services to communities in East Tennessee, its mission remains clear and simple; “Improving the lives of the people we serve.” For more information, visit www.mcnabbcenter.org or call 865‐637‐9711.

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