Friday, March 9, 2012

It's Time to Talk About It!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and communities across the country are proclaiming “It’s time … to talk about it!” ywca clark county is joining these communities and encourages you to bring healthy sexuality into conversations on how we connect with and respect one another in order to prevent sexual violence.

The Sexual Assault Program of ywca clark county invites you to  participate in or attend the 2nd annual art contest that empowers youth to raise their voice and create awareness in our community. Sexual assault can happen to anyone at any age.

Let’s be honest, “it” is not an easy subject to talk about. Most of us are uncomfortable talking about sex. But let’s take a moment and get past the blushing, because this conversation is important.  Sexuality is much more than sex. Healthy sexuality is emotional, social, cultural and physical. It is our values, attitudes, feelings, interactions and behaviors. It changes with time and experience.

The art contest hosted by Sexual Assault Program provides a venue to focus on this important topic and address sexuality as it effects youth.  By talking about “it” we normalize discussion about sexuality, and can promote healthy behaviors which encourage relationships that are consensual, respectful and informed.

Contest entries will be accepted until April 12th. All entries will be on exhibit from 8:30 to 5:30 pm, April 24th to 26th in ywca clark county’s community room. Artists will be recognized and celebrated at a reception in the same location on Monday, April 30th at 5:30 pm. Select pieces from the contest will be on display at North Bank Gallery on the first Friday of May and for the entire month.

Our sexual experiences impact our lives, loved ones, communities and society. Individuals need accurate information about relationships, sexuality and positive behaviors to ensure the opportunity to make healthy sexual choices. When you attend the SAAM art reception on April 30th, you’ll have an opportunity to pick up resources for yourself or to share with others.

All of us have a role in building safe, healthy relationships and communities. When we start the conversation about healthy sexuality, we raise awareness. Prevent sexual violence by supporting young artists at the artists reception, visiting the display at the North Bank Gallery, encouraging submissions, and most of all, by talking about “it.” View details about the art contest here, see a list of other activities for the month on our calendar or contact Laurie Schacht at 360 906 9116 or at to learn more.

It’s time … to talk about it!

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