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The McNabb Center’s Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee invites the community to support its virtual campaign this April during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).

Every 68 seconds, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted and more than two out of three of those assaults go unreported to law enforcement, according to RAINN.

“Sexual assault is difficult to talk about,” said Leann Human-Hilliard, McNabb Center clinical vice president. “It is important for the community to come together to raise awareness by starting conversations and believing survivors.”

Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities

Friday, April 1 – Thursday, April 7: Knoxville Convention Center pedestrian bridge lighted in teal

Tuesday, April 5: SAAM Day of Action

Take action and help spread awareness to prevent sexual violence. Share your support on social media by posting a selfie of yourself participating in our 2022 SAAM activities using the hashtag #SACETSAAM2022.

Wednesday, April 6: 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 at www.startbybelieving.org.

Wednesday, April 13: Teal Day

The community is encouraged to wear teal, the awareness color of sexual assault, and share pictures on social media using the hashtags #TEALout and #McNabbgoesTEAL.

Wednesday, April 20: Red My Lips Day

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 at http://www.redmylips.org/.

Wednesday, April 27: 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, please visit www.denimdayinfo.org.

For more information about the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee (SACET) or Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), please follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SACETN.

To make a financial gift to SACET, please text the word AWARENESS to 243725 or visit mcnabbcenter.org/donate and select Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee under “Fund/Campaign.”

The McNabb Center is the region’s leading nonprofit provider of mental health, substance use, social and victim services. By focusing on an individual’s “Well Mind, Well Being,” we provide a quality and compassionate approach to care from infancy through adulthood. Since 1948, the Center has proudly served individuals with the most needs and fewest resources. Today, the McNabb Center delivers support to more than 36,750 people throughout East Tennessee each year. For more information, visit www.mcnabbcenter.org or call 1-800-255-9711.