April 2018
Sexual Assault
Awareness Month
Victims of violence deserve a voice. They deserve to be acknowledged. Native women are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault crimes than all other races , so it is important to demonstrate to survivors that there are steps being taken to stop the cycle of violence.

In order to create safe spaces for Native women we must encourage the public to listen to the stories of survivors with a non-judgmental ear and to continue to have respect for Native values. Sexual violence is not a part of our Native culture!
SAAM Events:
Native Alliance Against Violence
This Thursday, Durant: 1pm-3:30 pm

This is one of our organizations most important events of the year. There will be special guest speakers, an interactive activity to honor survivors, light refreshments, and more.  Click the picture to register and to see the complete agenda.
Comanche Nation Family Assistance Center & Native Alliance Against Violence
April 11, Lawton: 9am-4pm

This introduction to sexual assault investigations (6 hours of CLEET & 2MH hours) is FREE and open to the public. This event is tailored specifically for law enforcement and dv/sa advocates. Click on the picture above to see more information and to register.
Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes Domestic Violence Program
April 12, Clinton: 1:30pm-3:30pm

If you couldn't make it to the kickoff on Tuesday, make sure to set aside time for this event that raises awareness for SAAM in the Cheyenne & Arapaho community.
Kaw Nation Family Trauma Healing Center
April 12, Ponca City: 6pm-8pm

Come to the Poncan Theatre for a free showing of the documentary called "Audrie & Daisy". This real-life drama examines the ripple effects on families, friends, schools and communities when two underage young women find that sexual assault crimes against them have been caught on camera. There will be free t-shirts and Pendleton drawings/giveaways. Click the picture above to see more information and to get the link to RSVP.
Otoe-Missouria Candle Light Vigil
April 13, Red Rock

The Otoe-Missouria tribe is holding a candle light vigil for two of their tribal members. More details will soon be posted on our website.
Chickasaw Nation Violence Prevention Services
April 14, Ada: 11am-2pm

This year marks the 10th year of the walk, aimed to bringing awareness to sexual assault and educating the community on available services.

Free lunch and T-shirts will be provided while supplies last.

The Chickasaw Nation Martial Arts Program will offer tips and illustrate defensive tactics, along with a dance performance provided by the Chickasaw Nation Dance Program. Click the image above to see more information.
Wyandotte Nation Family Violence Prevention Program
April 14, Wyandotte: Noon-3pm

This presentation is called "Warriors Honor Women". Lunch will be provided followed by a cultural activity.
Muscogee (Creek) Nation Family Violence Prevention Program
April 17, Okmulgee: 11:30am-1pm

Join survivors as they share their experiences of violence, healing and thriving. You will also earn what you can do to help survivors and how we can all work together to end sexual violence. Click the image to see the Facebook event.
Osage Nation Family Violence Prevention Department
April 20, Pawhuska: 5:30pm-8pm

This will be an evening of painting, sipping and eating while learning about sexual assault. Pinot's Palette will be helping us paint. Food will be catered by Ah-Tha-Tse. They will not serve alcoholic beverages but you can bring your own. Ticket prices will be $65 or $60 if you attended the event last year. Your ticket will also include a special gift. Click the image to get more details.
Iowa Tribe's Social Service and Victim Services
April 27, Perkins: 2pm-4pm

This will be a fun night of bingo, light snacks/refreshments, and prizes. Click to see an enlarged image of the poster.
Check out our website oknaav.org/events or follow us on social media to see all the SAAM events the NAAV will be involved with. We have only listed Oklahoma's tribal programs here, but we will be setting up at some other SAAM events around the state!
Important Dates:
Hosted by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Social Services-Domestic Violence Program

Join the Native Alliance Against Violence as we walk for awareness for our missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls throughout Oklahoma. This outreach event will have some of Oklahoma's tribal domestic violence and sexual assault program displays, steps to increase safety for Native women, and will honor the memory of Oklahoma's MMIW&G.
#30DaysofSAAM Instagram Contest
We are participating in the National Sexual Violence Resource Center's #30DaysofSAAM Instagram Contest. If you would like to join in, just make sure to put #30DaysofSAAM and tag @NSVRC. You can win prizes like posters, shirts, stickers, tote bags, and more.

You don't have to post every day to win, and you can have a little fun while spreading awareness and showing your support to Native sisters around the country.

This was our first post of the month! Click the picture to see all of the different themes and prompts for SAAM.
Poem by Nahannee Schuitemaker
Thank you so much for reading our newsletter! The information contained here will continue to be available on our website!
This project was supported by Grant No. 2016-IW- AX-0002 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.