Congratulations to our Strengthening Families program for winning the Amarillo ISD District Impact Award for "Dedicated Service to the Students of the AISD!"
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Join FSS in the fight against sexual assault. Be a good SAAMaritan, not a bystander.
Get ready to "laissez les bon temps rouler!" Let the good times roll at FSS' annual Mardi Gras Party! Saturday, March 1, 7-11pm at the Amarillo Civic Center Grand Plaza. The event will feature an authentic Cajun buffet, music by the Velvet Funk Band, casino games, silent and live auctions, and a Mardi Gras store for masks, beads, and more.
Tickets are $50. Tables of 8 are $300. Sponsorships are also available and include VIP seating and dinner, beverages, casino games, and promotional benefits. Reservations are strongly encouraged as the event was a sellout last year.
The Mardi Gras Party is one of FSS' two major fundraisers; the Harley Party is held each July. Proceeds from these events benefit the 20,000 clients served annually in the areas of counseling, crisis services for domestic violence and sexual assault victims, and violence prevention education.
For tickets, sponsorships, or more information, contact Joette Campbell at 806.342.2503.
Family Support Services has announced plans for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a statewide collaboration with the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault.
“Shine The Light” is the theme for Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2013, which takes place in April. “We want to shine the light on sexual assault in our community throughout the month,” said Janet Byars, Family Support Services’ executive director. “Building awareness of the problem is the first step toward making a positive change.”
April 17th has been declared “Go Teal” day statewide and everyone is encouraged to wear teal on that day in support of sexual assault awareness. FSS is also asking businesses to shine teal lights and disseminate information to their employees regarding sexual assault.
The agency will also contact restaurants, bars and other facilities for a “bathroom blitz” in April, Byars said. Flyers with important information about sexual assault will be placed inside bathroom stalls of cooperating businesses.
“Sexual assault is not just a problem somewhere else,” Byars said. “It is prevalent right here in our community. During April, we want to make sure people are aware of the problem so that they can take steps to stay safe.”
In fiscal year 2012, FSS served 787 victims of sexual assault and took 2,165 sexual assault-related calls on the 24-hour Crisis Hotline, 374-LIFE (5433).
More than 200,000 sexual assaults occur each year in the U.S., and the vast majority are never reported to police. More than 80% of victims are under age 30, and 44% are under the age of 18. Sexual assault is a crime that crosses all age, gender, and socio-economic demographics.
FSS offers community presentations on personal safety, sexual assault, and many other topics. To schedule a presentation, contact Terri Barker at 342-2528.
Sexual assault prevention and intervention services offered through Family Support Services include: