In Oregon, more than half of all women and girls have experienced sexual violence.
Despite these sobering statistics, we have the power to make a difference by using our voices to change the culture. That’s why Saving Grace is inviting Central Oregonians to Take Back the Night on Friday, April 14 in downtown Bend with an evening full of awareness-raising activities to empower the community to take action against violence.
Saving Grace will kick off its family-friendly Take Back the Night events with a March for Survivors through downtown Bend from 4:30 to 5:30 pm, past the offices of Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Rep. Greg Walden, sharing messages of support for survivors and for the continued funding of critical services. Early blueprints for the federal budget have proposed funding cuts to the Office on Violence Against Women and other services survivors use to get and stay safe.
Following the March, supporters will gather at the Liberty Theater from 5:30-7:30 pm for a Speak Out to hear from survivors, learn more about healthy relationships, and speak out against abuse. There will be activities for all ages and all are welcome to attend.
Thanks to our event sponsors, G5 and Cascaded Business News, and well as our yearlong sponsors: Les Schwab, Deschutes Brewery, RBC Wealth Management, Pacific Source, Merkle, Bend Garbage and Recycling, Horizon Broadcasting, and East Cascade Women’s Group. We also appreciate the support of our partner United Way of Deschutes County.
Check out these other Sexual Assault Awareness Month events:
How Men Can Speak Out Against Sexual Violence
More than half of Oregon women and girls experience some type of sexual violence. But that doesn't make it a women's issue. Men have an important role to play in stopping sexual violence in our community. Learn more about what you can to do help in a casual conversation with Saving Grace staff and community members.
8-9 am, April 20 at Bluebird Coffee Company
Free and open to all genders
Film screening: "The Hunting Ground"
The Hunting Ground is a documentary about the epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses and how schools are responding--or not.
Join us for a screening of this thought-provoking film and a discussion about what Saving Grace is doing to address campus sexual assault and how you can help.
5-7 pm, April 20 at Saving Grace (1004 NW Milwaukee Ave., #100)
Free and open to all
Let's Talk About Sex
When it comes to sex and relationships, how do you know what's "normal" or healthy?
Saving Grace is surveying the community to learn more about norms and attitudes around healthy sexual relationships. (Take the survey here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/SGSexSurvey)
On April 28, we'll release the survey results and host a panel discussion about sex with experts from Saving Grace, Planned Parenthood, and the Health Department on hand to explain the meaning behind the numbers, dig into the deeper issues raised by the survey, and answer audience questions.
And, did we mentioned there will pizza?
3:30-5:30 pm, April 28 at Downtown Bend Library
Free and open to all
Saving Grace provides confidential and free service to survivors of intimate partner violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking in Central Oregon and promotes the value of life without violence.