Virtual Poetry Share Event Honors Survivors of Sexual Assault

Page updated on May 4, 2020 at 3:42 PM

SAAM Embrace Your VoiceDuring Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, the City of Alexandria Sexual Assault Center (SAC), Doorways for Women and Families and Friends of Guest House hosted “Embrace Your Voice,” a virtual poetry sharing event on Facebook on April 29 to honor survivors of sexual assault.

The annual event is held in April each year to raise awareness about sexual assault and support for survivors.

“This year’s event was  held virtually since we were unable to come together in person,” says SAC Therapist Supervisor Monica Heurta, who helped facilitate the event.

Instead of live performances, a playlist was created of original poetry written by survivors. The poems were read anonymously by volunteers, staff and survivors from the hosting agencies.

For those who missed the event, the poem playlist is available online. Heurta encourages those who listen to press pause and take breaks as needed.

Heurta also encourages people to learn more about resources and how to support survivors and victims of sexual assault and domestic violence

The risk for intimate partner and domestic violence increases during a crisis like COVID-19. If you are a victim of domestic violence or need information, support or a safe place to stay, call the Domestic Violence Program Hotline at 703.746.4911. If you have been recently sexually assaulted:

  • Get to a safe place. If you are in danger or want to report the incident, call for immediate police assistance at 911. Contact someone to help you—a friend, the police or the Sexual Assault Center Hotline at 703.683.7273.

  • Get medical attention right away. If possible, do not shower, drink or eat, douche or change your clothes. These activities destroy physical evidence that can be used if you choose to report the assault to the police. It is also important to avoid moving or changing anything at the scene, if appropriate. A Sexual Assault Center advocate is available to remain on the phone with you at the hospital 24/7; all it takes is a call to the hotline at 703.683.7273.