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The breath that moves one forward in life
Washington State Native American Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault Awareness Month April 2021
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). As a community, this is a time that allows us to reflect on how we work to create safe and supportive spaces for victims and survivors of sexual assault. We invite you to look at the resources below to learn more about how we can educate ourselves and those around us while creating a society that starts by believing victims and providing them the tools they need to move forward from a traumatic event.

In times when we might be feeling isolated, alone, and nervous about the future, we have also created amazing ways to connect and support each other. Together, we can reach the vision of a violence-free future.

SAAM Campaign Developed by Nikki Finkbonner, Project Coordinator

Breathing New Life Into Our Work
Teachings from Dee Koester, MS Founder and Executive Director
As the Founder and Executive Director of WomenSpirit Coalition, I join with my Staff and the Board to acknowledge
April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

We would like to recommend that this year we focus our attention on the Bystander.
An engaged Bystander is someone who intervenes before, during or after witnessing inappropriate sexual comment or innuendo, tells a rape joke or touches someone in a sexual manner. 

This month we are promoting
 “The Bystander Moment -Transforming Rape Culture at its Roots” by Jackson Katz.
President Biden Declares April National Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Month
"Sexual assault, at its core, is a devastating abuse of power -- one that affects people of every age, race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, socioeconomic background, and religion. It is the responsibility of each of us to stand up and speak out against it, not only to improve the laws and services available to survivors, but also to change the culture and attitudes that allow sexual assault to proliferate. Together, we must work toward a society that upholds every person's right to live free from sexual violence -- where our institutions and communities commit to preventing sexual assault and sexual harassment, supporting survivors, and holding offenders accountable."

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Activities
Thursday, April 1st
Every response matters. Your response matters.
Stop the cycle of silence and Start by Believing.

Tuesday, April 6th
Engage your voice and support sexual assault awareness and prevention by simply wearing teal every Tuesday

Thursday, April 15th
Recognize an advocate, officer, judicial staff or whoever goes above and beyond to support the survivor

Friday, April 16th
Premier of The Bystander Moment
A Documentary Film featuring Jackson Katz
More information to come

April 19th-23rd
Everyone is encouraged to write a note to your Victims Services program to all sexual assault survivors letting them know there is support for them

Thursday, April 29th
Denim Day is an event in which people are encouraged to wear jeans (denim)
to raise awareness of rape and sexual assault.
Download WSC's Sexual Assault Awareness Poster
The Change Starts Now
We, like the rest of the world, have watched in horror as we witness the rise in hate speech, violence and discrimination towards the Asian and Pacific Islander communities over the last few years.

WomenSpirit Coalition stands with the AAPI community and condemns these acts of violence in the strongest possible terms.

We stand firm in our commitment, through direct action and collective organizing to honor our common histories and experiences of violence and oppression by working together for a future were we are all protected.

For more information about how you can support the AAPI community, visit the resources below.

WomenSpirit Coalition works to build a world where victims are honored and all offenders are held accountable.

We work towards this mission by holding ourselves accountable, through both action and education. We must recognize our relationships and experiences with racism, gender based violence, white supremacy and colonial violence and how it has created significant trauma in indigenous and other minority communities. It is through telling our stories and receiving the stories of others that we transform the trauma into resilience.

Without education, there can be no justice. Without justice, there can be no peace. The change starts now.

We invite all of our relatives to join this journey with us. To learn more about how race intersects with the criminal justice system, visit the links below.

Services for Survivors
Rental Assistance Grants to DV Survivors

ICVSRRC is able to provide a limited number of Housing Assistance Grant to DV Survivors to help them maintain safe and stably housed during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Clients must complete an intake with ICVSRRC to receive this assistance. Intakes must be completed by no later than June 2, 2021.

For more information or to start this process please call our Victim Services Toll Free Line at 1 888 653 1115 or visit our website at

Indigenous Crime Victim Services Referral and Resource Center

ICVSRRC supports advocates and service providers across Washington State through networking and service coordination. ICVSRRC can also provide direct services to indigenous crime victims across Washington State.

Victim Services Toll Free Line

Online Referrals

10049 Kitsap Mall Blvd NW
Suite #304
Silverdale, WA 98383
(360) 633 7083
Upcoming Events at WSC and ICVSRRC
April 7, 2021 
Monthly Networking Call

Friday, April 16th
Premier of The Bystander Moment
A Documentary Film featuring Jackson Katz
More information to come
May 5, 2021 
Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women 
and People Day 
June 29, 2021 
Shani' Shayi: Broadening Our Perspective
Violence Against Indigenous Women
9am-3pm Registration info coming soon
June 30, 2021
Womenspirit Coalition Annual Meeting
January 2022 
Womenspirit Coalition Winter Meeting

For more information about these events, please visit our website at
or contact Annie Forsman Adams at

Join the Movement
WSC extends its deepest thanks to the staff, board, member programs, and communities that make our work possible. With the passion, fire, and commitment of all of you, we have built a movement that makes a difference.

Dee Koester
Founder & Executive Director

Annie Forsman Adams
Program Director

Laura Fierro
Bookkeeper/Executive Assistant

Nikki Finkbonner
Project Coordinator

Cheryl Coan
Program Coordinator
Indigenous Crime Victim Services Referral and Resource Center

Erica Hankin
Victim Services Liaison
Indigenous Crime Victim Services Referral and Resource Center

WSC Executive Business Committee

Sabrina Desautel

Judge Cindy Smith
Vice President

Ronald Tso

Beatriz Arakawa

Will Payne
Board Member/Signing Authority