Live life from a place of [respect], prevent sexual violence, join the movement. These messages are part of the [respect] campaign, a call to action by the Sex Abuse Treatment Center (SATC) that promotes positive steps youth and young adults can take to prevent sexual violence, such as engaging in healthy communication, seeking consent and intervening as concerned bystanders.
SATC, a program of Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, is partnering with various community organizations, schools and universities to promote healthy and respectful relationships during the month of April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).
“We want to create a community where everyone is treated with respect by focusing our attention on prevention education,” said SATC Executive Director Adriana Ramelli. “During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we promote positive messages, safe behaviors and healthy relationships with the [respect] campaign education and community events.”
By joining forces with the University of Hawaii PAU Violence Program and the Honolulu Theater for Youth, SATC’s [respect] campaign will specifically target youth and young adults.
SATC will co-host the Third Annual Rally for [respect] with the Honolulu Theater for Youth. The rally brings together local artists and youth from around Oahu to participate in arts-based workshops designed to engage students in expressions of positive attitudes and healthy behaviors that prevent sexual violence. The workshops will be followed by live performances and a call to action for youth participants to build a culture of [respect] in Hawaii.
Activities planned throughout April include:
University of Hawaii [respect] Week
Students from various University of Hawaii campuses will be holding different activities throughout the week. SATC is partnering with the UH PAU Violence program at several UH campuses statewide to present education that looks at the intersection of alcohol and sexual assault using the new film, “Shots.” Students will help create a conscientious environment that promotes safety on campus by using specially developed [respect] materials.
Honolulu Theater for Youth Third Annual Rally for [respect]
Thursday, April 28, Tenney Theater, 4-8:30 p.m.
High school students and artists from around Oahu will take part in arts-based workshops around the theme of [respect]. Youth will use artistic expression to share their vision for [respect]ful relationships and safe communities free from sexual violence. The creative experiences will culminate in a rally and call-to-action to build a culture of [respect] in Hawaii.
SATC, along with other groups from Oahu who participate in community-action teams to prevent sexual violence, will be recognized on April 12 at 1 p.m. at a joint ceremony by the Honolulu City Council and Mayor Kirk Caldwell to proclaim the month of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. On April 22 at 10:30 a.m., Gov. David Ige will recognize the work of 12 statewide community-action teams for their efforts to prevent sexual violence, including the community-action team Alcohol Junction, which is led by SATC and specifically addresses the high-risk intersection between alcohol and sexual assault.