The Connected - April 2017
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From our Executive Director -
April is the month that organizations like ours from across the county focus on Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We work collectively to increase the knowledge of how to prevent sexual violence from happening and the importance of intervention for those that have been traumatized. Earlier in the year it was announced that Indiana ranks second worst (49th out of  50 states) for the rate at which teens, adolescents, and young adults are sexually victimized (CDC).  Sexual Assault/Abuse are known to be the most under reported crimes in the US. It is also known that less than 28% of victims disclose their victimization, leaving survivors to deal with the trauma on their own.  Those suffering silently could be your neighbor, classmate, co-worker, employee, friend, or relative. With the proper support the impact of the trauma can be minimized. Without support, there is a high risk of substance abuse, PTSD, and future re-victimization.  Sexual Assault/Abuse is a serious public health issue that cannot be solved solely by responding to abuse after it has been perpetrated. Public health prevention efforts encourage communities to shift their focus away from only providing intervention and treatment following an assault to a dual focus of intervention and the prevention of sexual abuse before it is perpetrated. Crisis Connection Inc. is equipped to do both.  We are advocates and we are preventionists.  We would love to increase our reach and impact in the communities we serve through you.   You can help us in many ways - hosting an educational or awareness event, becoming a volunteer, donating items from our wish list (gas cards, copy paper, and gift cards from discount department stores are at the top of the list) or by making a monetary investment.  
Paula Rasche
Executive Director

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

One risk factor of sexual assault is the use of alcohol.   As part of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Crisis Connection has collaborated with local bars on an innovative, proactive approach to ending sexual assault.

Throughout the month we will work with local bars by posting signs (pictured below) in restrooms that give patrons instructions on how to discreetly ask employees for help.   The code drink order (an Angel shot) is actually a fictitious non-existent cocktail.   It alerts bar or wait staff to a situation at a bar or restaurant where someone is actually feeling uncomfortable, where somebody is maybe a little bit too forceful, might be making innuendos, or whatever the situation is that’s making someone not feel safe.  

It is the hope to expand the ‘Angel Shot’ restroom signage to more establishments and then to take the next step of providing, ‘Raise The Bar Indiana’ training.   ‘Raise The Bar Indiana’ was developed by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Alternatives based on similar programs in North Carolina, Arizona, and Washington, DC   It is a workshop for bar staff on sexual violence prevention and bystander intervention.   Crisis Connection employees have been trained to provide an interactive training to staff on recognizing instances of sexual violence and safe ways to intervene to make everyone’s bar or restaurant experience potentially safer and more enjoyable.

We are also promoting the month with a Booster T shirt. Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted.  This is simply unacceptable.  April is the national month for Sexual Assault Awareness.  By wearing the t-shirt pictured below, you can take a stand and show your support.


As we continue our efforts to end sexual violence, support Crisis Connection during Sexual Assault Awareness Month by buying a t-shirt or considering a donation to the agency.
Sample poster being used in our initiative to support Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
April is also National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Strong, nurturing communities that are supportive of families can get involved and play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect and promoting child and family well being.  Crisis Connection is sponsoring a training to help adults take a proactive role in protecting children.

Stewards of Children

Hosted by Crisis Connection
April 7 and 21
Stewards of Children is a revolutionary interactive prevention program, developed by Darkness to Light, Inc., a national child sexual abuse prevention organization. The program educates adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, and to take proactive steps to protect children. 
When: Friday, April 7, Registration 1:00 pm, Training 1:30 - 4:00 pm
Where: Washington Carnegie Public Library
Cost: Free
Register by calling 812-482-1555
When: Friday, April 21, Registration 9:00 am, Training 9:30 am - 12 Noon
Where: Ferdinand Library
Cost: Free
Register by calling 812-482-1555
The CCI Victim Advocates have been very busy this year reaching out to our community collaborators to acknowledge their support and to thank them for working with us throughout our service area.  Pictured below are "Partners in Peace" from Spencer, Perry, Martin, and Dubois counties representing law enforcement, CASA, and DCS.
We kicked off our Volunteers in Peace (VIP) Program in February with an information session.  After several training sessions we have an energetic group of eight new volunteers ready to assist with table events, child safety presentations, warehouse/office support, and direct client service.  To volunteer with the agency, please contact Kathy Gutgsell at or 812.482.1555.
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