SAAM 2024

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!

Everyone Is Affected by Sexual Violence

  • Sexual violence is a significant problem in the United States that can have a profound impact on lifelong health, opportunity, and well-being. (cdc)
  • Every 68 seconds another American is sexually assaulted. (rainn)
  • 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed, 2.8% attempted). (rainn)
  • About 3% of American men—or 1 in 33—have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.(rainn)
  • From 2009-2013, Child Protective Services agencies substantiated, or found strong evidence to indicate that, 63,000 children a year were victims of sexual abuse. (rainn)
  • A majority of child victims are 12-17. Of victims under the age of 18: 34% of victims of sexual assault and rape are under age 12, and 66% of victims of sexual assault and rape are age 12-17. (rainn)
  • Nationwide, 81% of women and 43% of men reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment and/or assault in their lifetime [NSVRC]
  • Statistics documenting transgender people's experience of sexual violence indicate shockingly high levels of sexual abuse and assault. One in two transgender individuals are sexually abused or assaulted at some point in their lives. (Office For Victims of Crime)
  • Some reports estimate that transgender survivors may experience rates of sexual assault up to 66 percent, often coupled with physical assaults or abuse. This indicates that the majority of transgender individuals are living with the aftermath of trauma and the fear of possible repeat victimization. (Office For Victims of Crime)


Every year ELAWC partners with local community organizations and college campuses to raise awareness and educate the community on Sexual Assault. 

This year we look forward to bring you a number of workshops, community tabling at East Los Angeles College and Rio Hondo Campus, film screenings of Trigger and Red Lips, Hoops On: Cumbia! 


Here are some ways you can continue to support and raise awareness:

1.) Join the Red Lips, Hoops On: INVINCIBLE campaign in April:
  • Take a picture or video of yourself wearing any shade of red lipstick and your fabulous hoop earrings (from tiny to extra-large, all hoops are welcome).
  • Tag @elawc, #RLHOI, and tell others why you feel invincible. 
  • Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.


Red lips, hoop earrings, and your power pose! This Sexual Assault Awareness Month, let's crack the code of silence and unmask the myths that perpetuate violence against women and girls.

You can make a difference. Be a part of this powerful outreach and prevention campaign that reminds others that outward appearances never provoke or justify sexual violence of any kind.
2.) Challenge outrageous and oppressive myths during #SAAM2024 and all year long.
  • Educate yourself and others. Share resources and have open conversations.
  • Speak out against victim-blaming language.
  • Support survivors. Believe them and offer help if they need it.
  • Hold perpetrators accountable. Report abuse and don't let it be swept under the rug.



3.) Join our In-Person and livestream Workshops & Events at East Los Angeles College and Rio Hondo College 

Event:        SAAM Day of Action Kick-off | Tuesday, April 2 10:00am - 3:00pm at Rio Hondo College SU Terrace

Workshop: What is SAAM and How to Be an Ally | Thursday, April 4 1:00pm - 2:30pm at Rio Hondo College Student Union  

Workshop: SAAM Healing Art Activities | Tuesday April 9, 16 & 23 1:00pm - 4:00pm at Rio Hondo College Rm. A227 

Workshop: Healing Through Art | Tuesday, April 9 1:00pm - 3:00pm at East Los Angeles College Rm. F5 209

Workshop: Engaging Men on the Prevention of Sexual Assault | Thursday, April 11 12:30pm - 1:30pm via zoom

Workshop:  Pizza, Politics and Action | Thursday April 11 2:00pm - 3:30pm | Rio Hondo College Student Union 

Workshop: HIV Prevention Workshop | Tuesday, April 16 12:15pm - 1:30pm | at  East Los Angeles College Rm. F5 211

Workshop: Sexuality Talk | Wednesday, April 17 12:10pm -1:30pm | at East Los Angeles College Rm. G7-107

Activity:     Denim Day History and Art Activities | Thursday, April 18 12:30pm -1:30pm at East Los Angeles College Rm. F5 209

Event:        Take Back the Night Speak-out & March | Tuesday, April 23 12:15pm - 6:00pm at East Los Angeles College Quad/Bldg. F5 

Event:        Denim Day & Holistic Resource Fair | Wednesday, April 24 11:00am - 2:00pm at Rio Hondo College Upper Quad

Event:        The Vagina Monologues | Thursday, April 25 4:00pm - 7:00pm at Rio Hondo Student Union 

Workshop: Human Trafficking Presentation | Monday, April 29 12:30pm - 2:00pm at East Los Angeles College Rm. F5 - 201 

Event:         SAAM Art Exhibition | Tuesday, April 30 11:00am - 3:00pm at Rio Hondo College Upper Quad Tent 

Workshop: Survivors and the Legal System How To Get Help | Tuesday April 30 12:15 - 1:30pm at East Los Angeles College Rm. E9 114 

IG Live Chats:  Instagram 

4.) Celebrate with us on Friday, April 26 from 4:30pm - 8:30pm as we wrap up #SAAM at our first-ever Cumbia Night!
Cumbia beats, delicious eats, and a night of free fun!
Rock your red lipstick and hoop earrings, and unleash your inner fearless fire! Wear anything that makes you feel unstoppable.
Let the music move you as we celebrate the power of you! You won't want to miss this vibrant celebration.
For media inquiries, to become a sponsor, or for more information please contact:
Rebeca Melendez, M.A. Hum [email protected] or Sonia Rivera, BS [email protected]
View the Red Lips, Hoops On: Cumbia! Program Here


For questions about the Annual ELAWC Youth Summit, or to become a sponsor, please contact: Mariajose Oliva [email protected]

In the fight against sexual assault, youth voices are critical. Be among the first to see Trigger, a powerful film written and produced by ELAWC's Youth Empowerment Program.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Juan Escobedo, Trigger follows best friends Valentia and Max as they unearth memories of sexual assault and explore the complexities of trauma and friendship.
You can see Trigger at the next virtual Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) provider networking meeting on Tuesday, April 30th. All are invited to register. ELAWC is also making the 6-minute film and a companion educational guide available to community-based organizations.
Don't miss this special screening and learn how your organization can use Trigger as a tool to educate and empower communities to prevent sexual assault.



Start a Fundraiser for ELAWC! You can donate to ensure our mission continues to support survivors all year round HERE. You may also start a Fundraiser on Instagram or Facebook by using your "Create Post" function and then clicking on "Support Nonprofit" and add our full name: East Los Angeles Women's Center. To start a fundraiser or to join the ELAWC Fundraising committee, contact [email protected] 


Book a Virtual or In-Person Guest Speaker - Our trained case workers and therapists can join your training or workshop and discuss: How to Support Survivors, Sexual Assault 101, Women's Health (HIV), Coping with Triggers, Grounding Techniques and Mindfulness, Self Defense Workshops and more!


If you or someone you know is in need of support you can always reach us at 800.585.6231 

For questions about the sexual assault services at ELAWC, please contact: [email protected] | [email protected] 

Together, we can create a world where everyone feels safe and respected. Together, we are stronger, louder, and invincible!

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