There are two events that I will be a part of in the beginning of November, St. Cloud Art Crawl and Homemade for the Holidays. For both events I am partnering up with the Central MN Sexual Assault Center and will be donating 20% of my proceeds to them.
I decided to do this because after the event at Shear Dynamic Salon in St. Cloud, I got to meet with one of the event coordinators from the Central MN Sexual Assault Center and I felt like there was more I needed to do. Like God was tugging at my heart and saying, " I want you to get involved".
(The painting above can now be seen at the office of CMSAC.)
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. They give all sorts of free services like a 24 hour crisis line, one on one support counseling, advocacy services, support groups, safety planning, assistance with restraining orders, professional and community trainings, referrals to supportive services and sexual exploitation and trafficking. All of these services are free and most are confidential. It is a safe place to heal and learn how to protect yourself.
Learning About Sexual Assault
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).
You can learn more on their website https://cmsac.org/