ANNOUNCEMENT: First Ever Sexual Assault Prevention Week

CHICAGO, January 18, 2017 – Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) launched “The 100 Day Fund” to engage local communities in campaigns to create gender equality during the first 100 days of the Trump administration. One of the first recipients of the new grant is liftUPlift Worldwide, a Chicago-based 501(c)3 nonprofit that will use the funds to spearhead the first ever Sexual Assault Prevention Week in Chicago, April 23-29, 2017, part of national Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

“Not many people realize that 1 in 3 women will experience sexual violence in her lifetime[1] or that groping is a felony.[2] That’s why we need Sexual Assault Awareness Month,” explains liftUPlift Worldwide President, Corielle Heath Laaspere. “Even fewer people know when and how to speak up and take action to prevent sexual violence in their communities, and that’s why we need Sexual Assault Prevention Week.”

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Explains liftUPlift Worldwide Vice President, Rachel Jones: “When Trump’s campaign dismissed his reprehensible remarks about grabbing women ‘by the pussy’ as merely ‘locker room talk,’ they implied that showboating about violence against women is just something men do to impress one another. Not only is this false, but it also perpetuates rape culture, a societal sickness in which rape is pervasive and normalized.”

From April 23-29, 2017, liftUPlift will partner with communities throughout the Chicagoland to train and certify over 500 women and men of all ages to recognize early warning signs of assault and take action to prevent or intervene. Training participants will also learn to dispel myths and spread awareness.

There are many ways for Chicago-area businesses, groups and individuals to lend their support for Sexual Assault Prevention Week. liftUPlift is seeking volunteers and partners, and you can go to liftUPlift.org/SAP-Week to learn more and get involved.

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liftUPlift is a Chicago-based technology company and 501(c)3 nonprofit on a mission to end sexual violence and empower women worldwide. To get involved in Sexual Assault Prevention Week, visit www.liftUPlift.org/SAP-week. Media contact Corielle Heath Laaspere, corielle@liftUPlift.com.

Chicago Foundation for Women envisions a world in which all women and girls have the opportunity to thrive in safe, just and healthy communities. The Foundation is accepting applications for The 100 Day Fund through February 3: https://www.cfw.org/the100dayfund/. Media contact Kyle Ann Sebastian, ksebastian@cfw.org.