Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events


On April 7th, FAU (Florida Atlantic University) Boca Campus held a "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event. Below are some photos of the event.



Photos courtesy of FAU's Student Affairs Flickr.


On April 5th, the Jacksonville Sexual Assault Advisory Council held a Community Speak Out to launch Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Featured speakers included Mayor Lenny Curry; State Attorney Angela Corey; Sheriff Mike Williams; FCASV Executive Director, Jennifer Dritt; Morgan Moeller, WCJ’s Rape Recovery Team Director; and survivor-activist, Trisha Meili. The event, which highlighted the 4th Circuit’s proactive and victim-centered response to the sexual assault kit backlog, also served to announce the launch of a new information line for survivors to inquire about the status of their kits and cases. Jacksonville’s multidisciplinary Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Team is only one of five in the nation to receive both the national Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) grant, administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the District Attorney of New York County’s grant to address its local backlog.



From top left:

1. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Director, Tom Hackney; Sgt. Erica Weber; and Special Assault Unit investigators go teal for SAAM!

2. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams, FCASV Executive Director Jennifer Dritt; Teresa Miles, Women’s Center of Jacksonville Executive Director; and Morgan Moeller, WCJ Rape Recovery Team Director.

3. The 4th Circuit State Attorney’s Office Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Team celebrates SAAM in style!

4. Marcella Scott (black suit and teal blouse) of FDLE (and chairperson of Jacksonville’s Sexual Assault Advisory Council), listens as Jennifer Dritt talks about the importance of the multidisciplinary team in ensuring survivor-centered responses.

5. Women’s Center of Jacksonville Rape Recovery Team advocates (left to right) Lori Armstrong, Zina Jiad, Nicki Mizell, and Mallory Warner are joined by JSO Director Tom Hackney in celebrating SAAM.

6. Morgan Moeller, Rape Recovery Team Director, and Trisha Meili, survivor-activist.


The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay partnered with the Suncoast Center to host a Take Back the Night event during Sexual Assault Awareness month.



During the March 2016 Lauren's Kids "Walk In My Shoes" event, MUJER participated where 200 people turned out to walk to raise awareness about child sexual abuse. The ribbon cutting ceremony in below pictures is for MUJER's new Serenity House, which will be used as a drop-in center for survivors.


Pictured above (left): Proclamations presented by Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter, County Commissioner Daniella Levine-Cava, Lauren Book, Board members and survivors


Pictured above (left): County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, Lauren Book, MUJER Board members and survivors