Sexual Assault Awareness Month is a campaign to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. The 2019 campaign theme, I Ask, champions the message that asking for consent is a healthy, normal, and necessary part of everyday interactions. Our VOICE is proud to participate in SAAM with a variety of events, including the 4th Annual Pints for Our VOICE.

Check back throughout April as more events are added!

Pints for Our VOICE

In an effort to combat drug-facilitated sexual assault (DFSA), Our VOICE and the Asheville Brewers Alliance (ABA) are joining forces for the Pints for Our VOICE fundraiser, happening throughout all of April. Select Asheville Brewers Alliance breweries will raise funds to support Our VOICE’s 24/7 rape crisis services throughout the month of April by pouring Pints for Our VOICE, in which $1 per pint of special craft brews directly benefits the agency.

Participating breweries:

Burial Beer, pouring “Shadowclock Pilsner”
Sanctuary Brewing, pouring “Bobby Beer Jr Kolsch”
Wicked Weed Brewing, pouring “Ningose”
Catawba Brewing, pouring Small Batch Double Dry Hopped (DDH) Sour (April 4 release)
UpCountry Brewing, TBA
Asheville Pizza and Brewing, TBA
Bhramari Brewing, pouring Losing Fiction IPA

Members of the Asheville Brewers Alliance will not only raise funds to support survivors of rape, but they will also take a stand against sexual assault by participating in The BAR Outreach Project, a curriculum developed by Our VOICE that educates bar owners and staff about DFSA while addressing bystander intervention strategies that can help protect patrons and employees alike. Alcohol is often used as the drug of choice to incapacitate victims, who are subsequently unable to give active consent to sexual activity. This makes bars and breweries an important setting for opening community dialogue around alcohol’s involvement in sexual violence.

The Asheville Brewers Alliance, which includes 50 local and regional breweries and 40 associate members in Western North Carolina, is committed to creating a craft-beer community free of sexual assault.

 

Other SAAM Events

Saturday, March 30th: Curry For a Cause at Blue Dream

Tuesday, April 2nd: SAAM Day of Action: wear teal, the color of sexual assault awareness and prevention, to show your support!

Friday, April 5th: Summit Coffee event (10% of proceeds to Our VOICE)

Sunday, April 7th: The Mask You Live In documentary showing and discussion at UU of
Asheville from 2:30-5 p.m.

Sunday, April 7th-Saturday, 13th: International Anti-Street Harassment Week

Friday, April 12th: GLSEN Day of Silence to highlight the silencing and erasure of LGBTQ people at school.

Monday, April 22nd: Talent! A variety show for Our VOICE at Mothlight from 7-10 p.m.

Tuesday, April 23rd: Trauma-Sensitive Restorative Yoga Benefit at Asheville Yoga Center

Friday, April 26th: Odyssey Clayworks workshop benefit, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. (signup starts April 1)

Saturday, April 27th: Virtue benefit for Our VOICE (10% of proceeds to Our VOICE)

Saturday, April 27th: Plant Giveaway and Our VOICE Fundraiser, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (10 N. Liberty Street, Asheville), 9 a.m.-noon

More information coming soon!