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Sexual Assault Awareness Day of Action

SAAM Day of Action, or Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day of Action, is part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a month that raises awareness about sexual assault and educates communities and individuals on the prevention of sexual violence. On SAAM Day of Action, everyone can take action to prevent sexual violence. Wearing teal, the color of sexual assault and prevention is done on the day. Besides teal clothing, accessories can be worn. Ribbons, ties, makeup, jewelry, and nails are often turned teal for the day. The goal is that the color will be a conversation starter for issues like consent, respect, and the support of survivors.

The most common way the day is marked is by wearing teal. You could wear clothing or other accessories that are teal. It's best to wear as much of the color as possible, so that people will stop you and ask you why you are wearing it, and that conversations about consent, respect, and the support of survivors are started. Taking a selfie while wearing teal and posting it on social media is another way to get the word out. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center has suggested sharing the following message with your post:

Today is the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day of Action, and I'm going teal to show my support for survivors. #SAAM #IAsk

I am attempting to make this month as full of laughter as I can but I could not ignore this choice on Checkiday because it is near and dear to my heart. With the exception of GD#1 and of course the littles without exception, every female member and one or two male members in my immediate family have experienced sexual abuse most of them at a very young age. Please get the message out there! Sexual abuse is always wrong, make sure you have informed consent before engaging in sexual activity.

One of the happiest moments in my life came when I was talking to GD#1 about safe sex! She was talking about meeting up with her friends and making plans for a sexual encounter and she told me "we discuss everything, nothing happens unless everyone agrees". Kids sure have come a long way since the free love of the 60's. At least this new generation seems to be taking consent very seriously and that makes me very happy.


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