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Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

All Month Long: Bar Outreach Campaign

We are excited to announce our bar outreach campaign in Butte County, where we are partnering with a group of Chico State Nursing Students to distribute bathroom stall flyers featuring tear-offs with our hotline number to raise awareness about options for sexual assault survivors and connect them to Catalyst. The purpose is to reach individuals in environments where they may be vulnerable to sexual violence and provide them with discreet access to support services. By placing informational materials directly in the bathroom stalls, we can effectively communicate our message and ensure that survivors know they are not alone and that help is available. This campaign is a valuable opportunity to extend our reach into the community, break down barriers to accessing support, and ultimately contribute to a safer and more supportive environment for survivors of sexual assault.

If you would like to print a tear off sheet for your business or organization, you can download it here.

Day of Action: Tuesday 4/2

Chances are someone in your life is a survivor of sexual harassment, assault, or abuse, even if they have never shared their story with you. Show your support for survivors of sexual violence by wearing teal — the color of sexual violence prevention — on April 2nd.

Post a photo of you wearing teal, tag us @catalystdvsv, and use the hashtag #SAAM2024. By wearing teal, you are signaling that you support survivors and are a safe person to talk to if they need to reach out.

Stewards of Children Free Community Training: Saturday 4/20

As part of our ongoing commitment to creating a safer community, Catalyst is excited to invite you to our upcoming Stewards of Children Community Training. This evidence-informed, award-winning training aims to empower adults with the knowledge and tools needed to prevent, recognize, and respond to child sexual abuse and create a safer environment for all children.

In light of the recent release of the thought-provoking documentary series “Quiet On Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV,” concerns about child safety are at the forefront of many minds. This training addresses these concerns by exploring warning signs, dispelling common myths, and encouraging open communication.

Date: Saturday, April 20th
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Catalyst Chico Office: 330 Wall St. Suite 50

April is also Child Abuse Prevention Month, making it the perfect time to address this issue. This New Stewards of Children training (released in 2023) provides the same proven framework that has created millions of safe adults but with significant updates to introduce new survivors and experts, the latest statistics and technology, and enhanced learning methods and tools.

Usually priced at $16 per seat, admission to this event is free courtesy of our generous sponsor Soroptimist of Bidwell Rancho. Light breakfast will be provided. Join us in taking proactive steps towards protecting our children and our community from abuse.

Space is limited, so please register online to secure your spot.

Denim Day: Wednesday 4/24

As the longest running sexual violence prevention and education campaign in history, Denim Day asks community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion statement by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual violence.

The Denim Day campaign began in 1999 after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped the person who raped her remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, what started as a local campaign to bring awareness to victim blaming and destructive myths that surround sexual violence has grown into a movement.

Post a photo of you wearing jeans, tag us @catalystdvsv, and use the hashtags #DenimDay #DenimDay2024.

Wear your jeans and join us in-person at Butte College’s Main Campus outside/adjacent to the Campus Center from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM and at Chico State from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM at Sylvester’s Hall for events hosted by Butte College Safe Place & Wellness Program and Chico State Wellcat Safe Place.

Take Back the Night: Thursday 4/25, Chico State Campus

Take Back the Night is a global movement aimed at raising awareness about and combating sexual violence and violence against women. The movement originated in the 1960s and 1970s as a response to the prevalence of sexual violence, harassment, and assault, especially at night. The primary goal of Take Back the Night events and marches is to create safe environments where survivors and their supporters can come together to speak out against sexual violence, share their experiences, and demand an end to all forms of gender-based violence.

The Gender and Sexuality Equity Coalition (GSEC) at Chico State (formerly the Women’s Center) has hosted this event since the 70s. This year, we are joining forces and Catalyst will be hosting survivor speak-outs and an educational workshop on Rape Culture before the march.

5:30 – 7:00 PM Mini Workshops- BMU 203

  1. Catalyst: Why We March
  2. Women’s Health Specialists
  3. Community Legal Information Center (CLIC)
  4. Catalyst: Overview of Services

5:30 – 7:00 PM Survivor Speak-outs – various locations

  1. Women-only: The Well, BMU basement
  2. Gender inclusive: BMU 303
  3. BIPOC: Cross Cultural Leadership Center, Meriam Library Room 172

7:30 – 8:45 PM Guest Speakers & March

  • Haley Wilson-introduction/welcome
  • Summer Osborne- speaking/performing
  • Katie Callahan- original poem
  • Stefani Baldivia- poem
  • Haley Wilson- march logistics/context

Apply to Volunteer at Catalyst!

Ready to make a meaningful impact in the lives of others? Catalyst is seeking volunteer applicants for our upcoming state-certified 4 week volunteer training program this summer! 
From July 30th to August 22nd, join us in-person at our Chico Business Office every Tuesday through Thursday, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM, as we equip you with the skills to confidently assist survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Your presence is invaluable, as Catalyst relies on the dedication of volunteers like you to carry out our vital work. Your voice, your time, and your commitment can make a tangible difference in the lives of those who need it most, during their darkest moments.
Learn more and apply online here. Once we receive your application, our Volunteer Program Coordinator will reach out to schedule an interview.

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