You can help change the culture of sexual violence! Join FSS for these important events in commemoration of Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2017.
- TUESDAY, APRIL 11--City Proclamation, City Hall, 509 SE 7th, 5pm
- THURSDAY, APRIL 20--”MY LITTLE BLACK DRESS DOES NOT MEAN YES” - Butlers Martini Bar, 703 S. Polk—8pm-10pm - An event to raise awareness about sexual assault by acknowledging rape has nothing to do with what a woman wears. Women are encouraged to wear a little black dress and men are asked to wear black to show their support. No cover. Drink specials. Live DJ. Games and giveaways.
- WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26--WEAR DENIM DAY: we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.
- WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 --”ENGAGING NEW VOICES” - Amarillo College - College Union Building - 10am-2pm – free pizza, community booths, self-defense demonstrations, and more!
- SATURDAY, APRIL 29 - “TAKING THE ROAD TOWARD HEALING . . . ONE STEP AT A TIME” - Walk Event - Begins at 10am from the Hollywood 16 Theatre, 9100 Canyon Drive, to CISD Administration Building, 3301 N. 23rd St. (7 miles)
DID YOU KNOW?
- One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives
- One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old
- 325,000 children are at risk of becoming victims of commercial child sexual exploitation each year.
IN OUR COMMUNITY . . .
- Amarillo leads the State of Texas in the number of sexual assaults per capita (FBI).
- FSS assisted more than 3,000 sexual assault survivors last year through Crisis Hotline Calls, Hospital Advocacy, Intervention, Counseling, Support Groups and other services.
call Crisis Services Director Kathy Tortoreo at 342.2513 or the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline at 374.5433 (LIFE).
Child Abuse Prevention Conference
April 4, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD
Child Abuse and Culture: Working with Diverse Families
Phylip J. Peltier
Forensic Bite Marks & Suspicious Burn Injuries
Cost: $30.00 (lunch included)
(PRPC Sponsored - No Charge for Qualifying Law Enforcement Officers) FSS is proud to be one of the sponsors for this event!
One of our great community partners, Luan Martin, is moving from Amarillo.
In cahoots with Welcome Pardner!, we were able to give her a surprise sendoff at the VRC!
Thank you Luan! We will miss you!
Asst Education Director Halei Story was asked to be one of the speakers at a WT Communication alumni event where she talked with current students about how their degree can be used in the nonprofit world and still find success.
Education also hosted a Divorce Recovery workshop with JC Pohl, LMFT, from My Healing Place and Austin Divorce Recovery in Austin, Texas. Attendees learned how to manage their emotions and work through them in healthy ways so they can get on the path of healing from their loss.
FSS hosted a safe spring break table at both Palo Duro and Tascosa high schools. The students handed out anti-drug information and safe alternative activities to do during spring break.
Booths were also facilitated to bring awareness to self-injury and suicide at both campuses. They facilitated several presentations throughout the month over the issues of healthy relationships and conflict resolution at Rolling Hills Elementary and the PALS aging out seminar.
The FSS Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) hosted an overnight leadership conference at Hidden Falls Ranch were the students learned more about what it means to be an activist and leader in their community.
The YAC subcommittee for Teen Pregnancy Prevention is producing a video that will be shown during the month of May for Teen Pregnancy awareness month.
Strengthening Families Program:
RELATE continues on the high school campuses in Canyon ISD.
They produced a safe spring break video that was added to all FSS social media accounts. The video focused on the absurdity of "House Party Rules" and how those contribute to rape culture and what are the appropriate alternatives.
Monica Balderas gave several parent presentations on Social Media Literacy and how they can help their child navigate these in a healthy way and what to do if they need to intervene.
They are also excited to bring back Cypher Dance Academy to Bowie Middle School in April.
They hosted their monthly group connection where they talked about science and how important it is for the developing child and gave them some practical projects they can do at home.
They had several families interviewed for an FSS video where they spoke about their stories and the success they have achieved while participating in the HOPES program.
One family finished their two years with the program and they are excited to share the success of this family.
When they first started they needed translation services and at the end of the two years no longer needed it. This family started helping translate for others and is now looking into making it a new career.
A new group entitled Teen Talk will begin on April 5th; this will be facilitated by Katelyn Crutchfield and Maria Murillo, counseling interns. This group will consist of teen children of the women who attend the FSS domestic violence support group support group on Wednesday evening. FSS counselor Louva Hunt will provide supervision and support to Katelyn and Maria as they teach lessons to the teens on communication, anxiety, bullying, and peer pressure.
Irma Chavez has begun assisting the mothers of children who have been sexually assaulted by their fathers gain sole custody of their children. Legal Aid for Survivors of Sexual Assault (LASSA) has been helping Irma accomplish this goal.
Nubia Torres with Catholic Charities of North Dallas was recently at our agency and assisted 25 FSS clients with issues of immigration, VAWA, U-Visa, U.S. citizenship and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
On April 4th, we will partner with the West Texas A&M University Police Department and Title IX office, the Randall Co. DA's Office, and the Northwest Texas Healthcare System- Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners program in presenting a community awareness event on the WTAMU campus, Start By Believing. We will provide information and discuss with students the difficult topic of sexual assault and prevention.
On April 11th, the City Council of Amarillo will make a Proclamation for April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the city. This will be at the City Council meeting at 5:00 p.m.
On April 20th, FSS’ Education Department will host This Little Black Dress Does Not Mean Yes event, at Butler’s martini bar, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. This lively event will be MC’d by a fabulous female impersonator, and will be live streamed on social media.
Wednesday, April 26th is Wear Denim Day, a national campaign for awareness of sexual assault. Also on April 26th, the Crisis Department will be co-hosting with Amarillo College a campus awareness event, in the AC CUB, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Community partners will have tables, swag, and will connect with the students on this important issue.
Finally, on Saturday, April 29th, Crisis and Education Departments will co-host the Taking the Road to Healing One Step at a Time walk for awareness. We begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Hollywood 16 Theatre parking lot, will walk approximately 7 miles along the access road of I-27, and end at the Canyon ISD parking lot. With lots of traffic along I-27, we will grab some attention and wave at passers-by. We will have cars to transport participants back to the point of origin at the Hollywood 16. The walk is our small effort to communicate that we begin the healing with survivors of sexual assault, one step at a time.
FSS and the Crisis Services Team welcome Ione Mixon as the new Volunteer Advocate Coordinator! She comes to this work with a wealth of experience as a paralegal, working with victims of crime in the legal field. She has a long history of volunteering for good causes, including the FSS Harley Party. She has a passion for this work and this agency, and we are thrilled to have her on board.
This month we are featuring the benefits of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
Although some may think that Amarillo is years behind the nation in healthcare trends and advancements, that could not be further from the truth. At FSS, we have been offering cutting edge counseling modalities for years. One of these approaches is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
FSS Clinical Director Molly Rafferty is certified in Equine Assisted Growth and Learning (EAGALA). According to Eagala, "The Eagala Model stands alone in the world of equine-assisted therapy due to a strict commitment to standards, code of ethics, continuing education, and a replicable framework. The Eagala Model is a team approach that includes a registered, credentialed Mental Health Professional, a qualified Equine Specialist, and horses working together with the client at all times. Horses are a key part of the team.To evade predators, horses have evolved to be extremely sensitive to their environment. They instinctively analyze and react to our body language and other nonverbal cues. As a result, we are able to gain insight into our own nonverbal communication and behavior patterns. The Eagala Model invites clients into an arena for ground-based interaction with horses to facilitate the therapeutic process. These horses become the focal point in client-driven discovery and analysis.
The Eagala Model is so effective because it embraces the philosophy that humans learn best by doing. The model prescribes a hands-on approach where clients are given the space to project and analyze their situations, make connections, and find their own solutions. Since the solutions are personally experienced in conjunction with intellectual understanding, they tend to be deeper, more profound, and longer lasting."
For more information on how equine therapy can help, watch this video from Eagala.
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