What is #StopTraffickingTuesdays?
On the first Tuesday of every month, Shear Dynamics Salon in St. Cloud holds a four hour event to support the Central MN Sexual Assault Center. They invite local artists to be vendors and donate a percentage of their sales to the Assault Center. I will be donating 20% of my sales to them on Tuesday September 5th from 3-7pm! There will also be a speaker from The Central MN Sexual Assault Center (CMSAC) for any questions or information. Below is more information about CMSAC.
CMSAC works to prevent and treat sexual assault in our communities and in society by re-defining power to promote equality between all people, non-violence, cooperation, and mutual interdependence.
CMSAC strives to achieve this through true equality and access to decision making for all people; inclusion and consensus, and accountability of leadership towards the purpose of transforming harmful societal norms about sexual violence.
The Central MN Sexual Assault Center (CMSAC) is a 24-hour crisis intervention agency providing direct services to all people affected by any form of sexual violence.
Sexual assault can happen to anyone, anywhere; regardless of age, ethnicity, economic status, lifestyle, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender, or ability.
Sexual assault is sexual contact made without someone's consent. It can be terrifying, humiliating, and confusing. Childhood sexual abuse, date/acquaintance sexual assault, same gender sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, and human trafficking are some examples of sexual violence.
Consent means words or actions by a person indicating a freely given present agreement to perform a sexual act with the actor. Sexual assault is illegal sexual contact that is inflicted against a person without their consent or against a person who is incapable of giving consent.
Did You Know?
- The vast majority of sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows.
- Under Minnesota law, the county in which the sexual assault occurred is responsible for the cost of collecting evidence during your medical examination at the hospital. The county is responsible for payment; regardless of whether or not you report to law enforcement.
- If the sexual assault happened within 120 hours (5 days), it is recommended you seek services at a local hospital emergency room.
- In the state of Minnesota, stalking is against the law. Stalking has many of the same effects as sexual assault.
- Safe Harbor Law: Any Minnesota youth 17 and under who agree to engage or are forced to engage in sexual contact or sexually explicit imagery/videos are eligible for services and protection from the law. Youth involved in the sex industry are considered crime victims instead of criminals. This may include participation in prostitution-related activity, "survival sex", exotic dancing, or pornography in exchange for a place to stay, food, transportation, drugs, alcohol, or something of value (or the promise of).
Central MN Sexual Assault Center (CMSAC) services are available 24-hour's a day via
phone at 320-251-4357. You can find more information on their website http://www.cmsac.org
Lets work together to support those who are afraid and struggling.