April is Sexual Assault Awareness (SAAM) month, and Mary’s Place of the Coastal Empire (formerly known as the Rape Crisis Center) is hosting various events and activities to highlight ways for Savannah to join in support of putting a stop to this solemn reality.
To kick off the month, beginning Friday, April 1st, companies can join the Jeans4Justice awareness campaign, allowing employees to wear jeans to work for a $1-$5 donation. Georgia Southern University Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) will continue their support with “Wear A Pair” to generate donations for Mary’s Place, as well as promote their own campus SAAM events. Thursday, April 7th, Mary’s Place will host their popular Teal H.E.A.L. Walk at Forsyth Park. This unique activity mobilizes the support of males in the community to secure pledges from family and friends and walk around the mile-long park in high-heel shoes, symbolizing the steps survivors take toward healing.
The month will culminate with the 2022 Diamond Gala at Savannah Station on Thursday, April 28th. This event serves as the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year and will include dinner, live entertainment, live and silent auctions, and much more! For information on ways to donate, available sponsorships, or to purchase tickets, visit the above link or contact Mary’s Place at 912.233.3000. Stay up to date with additional events and ways to get involved by following Mary’s Place of the Coastal Empire on Facebook and Instagram.