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April 2022 Newsletter

April in Review

During the month of April, River City Domestic Violence Center observed Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month as well as Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. We took part in several speaking and training events to raise awareness and empower the community with knowledge pertaining to interpersonal violence. Scroll to read more about how we engaged with the community 

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Cup of Prevention & Denim Day

EMERGE, formally known as the Sexual Assault Response Team, hosted "Cup of Prevention" which included speakers from River City Domestic Violence Center, Yankton Police Department, Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health, and Avera Sacred Heart Hospital. Together, these speakers addressed facts and myths about sexual assault and discussed how, as a community, we can work together to prevent sexual assaults from happening and support survivors who have experienced sexual assault.

EMERGE and River City Domestic Violence Center would like to thank everyone who helped make the event possible and those who attended. We are grateful for your support.

This event was held on Denim Day, an international day of sexual assault prevention and awareness. Staff at River City Domestic Violence Center showed support to survivors everywhere by dressing in our denim. Read a summary of the history behind Denim Day below and see us sporting our denim in solidarity.

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The River City Domestic Violence Center Team on Denim Day at Cup of Prevention. Left to right: Liz, Rural Outreach Coordinator; Cora, Life Skills Coordinator; Stacy, Executive Director; Anna, Education and Survivor Services Supervisor; Jordanne, Housing Coordinator, and Kim, Director of Program Operations. If you would like to contact any of these advocates, click below!

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SANE Nurse, Carrie Mastalir, from Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Emergency Department asked one person at each table of six to stand up. This represented the number of individuals who experience a sexual assault each year. 


Each Cup of Prevention included a list of services provided by RCDVC, swag featuring our Crisis Line, a flashlight/whistle for protection, and a keychain featuring a QR code which, when scanned, links directly to River City Domestic Violence Center updates. 


To learn more about Sexual Assault Awareness and prevention, including how to support survivors and bring community awareness, click the button below!


Clothesline Project at USD

The Clothesline Project was established in the 1990s by women who to bring awareness, spark conversation, anonymously express their experiences with interpersonal violence, and share empowering messages. The University of South Dakota held a Clothesline Project Event April 18th-22nd on campus inside one Richardson-Olson Residence Hall. River City Domestic Violence Center was able to take part in this project by completing a shirt (see orange shirt below), handing out awareness products which featured the crisis line telephone number, and having an advocate available to answer questions and provide support. We are grateful for our budding partnerships with the University of South Dakota and inclusion in awareness projects for college students. Individuals age 18-24 are most likely to become victims of interpersonal violence, so it is important to facilitate events and conversations with these young adults.

Below are pictures of completed Clothesline Project shirts on display. 

Issue Spotlight: MMIW

In the US, thousands of indigenous women go missing each year. This epidemic is discussed very little, which is why it is important to bring awareness. Interpersonal violence often escalates into indigenous women going missing and being murdered. Knowing that, The University of South Dakota Native Student Services Group hosted a march and panel event which River City Domestic Violence Center advocates spoke to bring awareness to Native violence and missing and murdered indigenous women. During the event, a raffle was held and River City Domestic Violence Center received the proceeds, which totaled $500! We are so grateful to have been included in this event.


Looking Forward๏ปฟ

May - Bring Stalking out of the Shadows

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See our billboard campaign in the wild! We feature our information in the 900 block of Broadway near the United Way Community Impact Center.

This month, we are working to combat stalking. Often, victims of stalking know they are being harassed, but do not know that what they are experiencing is classified as stalking and that there are services available to assist them. We hope that this campaign alerts individuals experiencing repeated harassment that there are community allies to support them. 

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Thank You to Our Generous Doners and Partners!


Regan Luken from USD School of Nursing presented River City Domestic Violence Center with a generous donation of clothing after USD conducted a Clothing Drive on Campus. Go Yotes!

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Nick Moser with South Dakota Community Foundation distributed $3000 in grant funds from the Yankton Area Foundation. River City Domestic Violence Center is grateful to have such amazing community sponsors and is excited to put these funds to good use.


Student Council Members at Lincoln Elementary School made Easter Baskets for children staying at River City Domestic Violence Center. These baskets brought lots of smiles. What a great way to spread cheer, Lincoln Student Council! Thank you.

Julie Mooney, with SDSU's Jacks Give Back Program provided cleaning supplies, pantry items, and HyVee meat gift card and other needed items from our wish list. Thank you, Jacks! Our Springing cleaning couldn't be done without your support. 

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605.665.4811 ext. 100

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