April, 2022
House of Ruth Happenings!
Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. During this month space is held to promote open conversations about sexual violence, prevention education, and healing for survivors. Sexual violence is a crime that can affect anyone regardless of age, race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or religion.

According to the CDC, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced sexual violence involving physical contact during their lifetime. Additionally, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 13 boys experience sexual abuse during their childhood. 

People with disabilities are at least three times more likely to be sexually assaulted than people without disabilities, and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are seven times more likely to be sexually assaulted (Vera Institute, 2017).

According to the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, nearly 50% of transgender people reported experiencing sexual violence in their lifetime. These rates are even higher for transgender people of color and those who have done sex work, experienced homelessness, or have (or had) a disability.

Raising awareness is one way of getting involved in the anti-sexual violence movement. You can also choose to volunteer at your local Sexual Assault Center, educate your self on the topic, and share this information with family, friends, and social media outlets. Together we can make a difference and stop sexual violence.
Holding Space for
Survivors of Sexual Assault

Below we have listed ways in which you can hold space and support survivors of sexual assault:

  • Believe them!
  • Listen to their story (if they choose to talk about it).
  • Educate yourself on the effects of sexual assault and available resources for survivors.
  • Be an ongoing source of support.
  • Be patient with survivors and non-judgmental.
  • Honor their recovery.

Please remember sexual assault is a traumatic event and the survivor will need ongoing support to heal from their wounds.
House of Ruth
Open House Highlights

House of Ruth staff held an Open House for community members interested in learning more about services provided to survivors of domestic violence. Our managers discussed important issues such as lack of affordable housing and how we are addressing these barriers to house survivors of abuse.

Our staff educated community members about our services such as counseling, emergency & transitional shelter, rapid-re housing, prevention, outreach and volunteer programs. (Pictured above right to left, Ashley Spencer, Melissa Pitts, Elyse Severson, Toni Schrader, Sabrina Almaraz, & Annette Gonzalez.)

Thank you to Senator Rubio's office for participating and to all our community partners and friends for joining us and helping us in our efforts to end domestic violence.
Denim Day History

Denim Day grew out of a 1998 Italian Supreme Court decision that overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans.

Enraged by the verdict, within a matter of hours the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work. This call to action motivated and emboldened people all over the world to wear jeans in protest against sexual violence.

Take action on April 27, 2022 and wear jeans with a purpose, support survivors and educate yourself about sexual assault. Don't forget to tag us on Instagram @houseofruth.
Immediate Shelter Needs!

We need your help with the following brand new items:

  • Diapers, sizes 4- 7

  • Baby wipes

  • Shampoo and Conditioner

  • Natural Hair Care Products

  • Body Wash

  • Swiffer wet pad refills

Please click on the link below to access our Amazon Smile wish list.
For more information or to schedule a donation drop off, please email Sabrina Almaraz salmaraz.houseofruthinc.org or Rhonda Beltran at rbeltran@houseofruthinc.org. Thank you for your support.

** Please Note: We are currently not accepting gently used items at this time. All gently used items can be donated directly to:

Acts Thrift Store, 232 E Foothill Blvd Pomona CA., 909-491-3199.

House of Ruth will receive store credit that can be used by House of Ruth clients. Just let them know House of Ruth referred you.