Spring Newsletter 2016: Sexual Assault-Prevention is Possible



April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In preparation, we would like to share a brief history as well as some events happening around the city next month.

In the late 1970s, a campaign called “Take Back the Night” worked against the violence women faced while walking home during nighttime hours. Initially, the female-only protests were meant to share information with communities about sexual assaults that occurred within their borders. By the 1980s, these awareness activities had expanded to include all types of violence against women. And only a few years later, these sexual assault awareness activities expanded to include violence against men, and men began to participate in the programs.

By the late 1980s, the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault was interested in selecting a designated time period in which to promote awareness. After an informal poll of sexual assault coalitions, they decided upon a week in April and established the Sexual Assault Awareness Week.

It was not until April of 2001 that the Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) as we know it was celebrated for the first time.

Now, each year, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) works to coordinate SAAM activities across the country and provides resources to help advocates plan and facilitate programs during the month.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2016’s theme is Prevention is Possible. Please visit www.nsvrc.org/saam to learn more.

Prevention is everyone’s responsibility. See how you can do your part here: http://www.nsvrc.org/sites/default/files/saam_2016_prevention-is-possible.pdf

And in Other News…


We would like to introduce our newest board member, Cicely Brooks. Cicely has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Jacksonville State University. She has her real estate license and currently works for Berkshire Hathaway in Bucks County. Having experienced first hand desperate times, Cicely is very passionate about women’s issues. She is interested in empowering women through public policy and economic development.

Cicely is a member of Calvary Chapel in Philadelphia, serving as a greeter and usher on Sundays.

Cicely will be joining our Board with the goal of helping us to obtain a refuge home. She will also be joining in fundraising and other pursuits. You can contact her at: cbrooks@hazaelhaven.org.

Please join Hazael Haven, Inc. in welcoming a new theatrical production in Philadelphia coming April 8-9. Steel Toe is the premier original production written, directed, and produced by Eyes on You, Inc. telling the story of how domestic violence plays a harsh but hopeful generational butterfly effect on one family. Original music. Intense dialogue. Real people with real problems.

Eyes on You, Inc.

Hurry… tickets are selling fast! Buy them here.

We continue to need your aid to continue with our mission. Here is how you can help!

The Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County, Inc is offering a Domestic Violence Healthcare Conference on Tuesday May 17th, 2016 from 8:00 am-3:00 pm. It’s free and open to all healthcare providers. Continental Breakfast & Buffet Lunch Included. To reserve your seat, please email Blake Cohen bcohen@dapdc.org or call 610-565-6272 ext 3118 by: May 3, 2016.

Volunteer positions available:

• Board Members

• PR/Social Media Specialist

• Fundraising Coordinator

• Program Manager

• Volunteer Coordinator

• Videographer

Other Ways To Support Us: 

  • If you shop online, register with Amazon Smile and choose Hazael Haven as your charity organization. By doing this, Amazon will donate a portion of all proceeds for purchases you make to our organization.
  • We also could not exist without your tax-deductible donations. We are grateful to those who have made donations to us in the past and look forward to your continued support. 
  • Our United Way Donor Choice number is 51351. Please consider making a donation today.

For more information or to learn how you can help, please visit us at http://hazaelhaven.org/ or contact us at hazaelhaven@gmail.com.


Diana Galindo

Creative Writer

Hazael Haven, Inc.

P.O. Box 19204

Philadelphia, PA 19143

P: (267) 291-4558

F: (678) 669-7869