A mini series with a big message.
Next month is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). SAAM calls attention to the fact that sexual violence is widespread. It is a proclamation to join advocates and communities in taking action to prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment (SASH).
Here at Women Offshore, we are participating in SAAM on our podcast, but the conversation will not stop when April ends. Over the next several weeks, two female mariners and graduates of the US Merchant Marine Academy, Ally Cedeno and Fionna Boyle, will dive in deep into the data, #metoo stories, and industry resources for change.
You may be familiar with Fionna’s story. She was featured on the Women Offshore Podcast, Episode 6. She also wrote the article, “If April Was the Only Month SOLAS was Discussed.”
On this first episode of the series, hear about why it is important to Ally and Fionna to participate in SAAM. Wear your teal shirt, the official color of SAAM, and come back over the next several weeks to listen in as they explore SASH awareness and support resources for change.
If you or someone you know experienced a sexual assault or sexual harassment, you are not alone.
We encourage you to report such matters to your employer, academy, school, or union as per their guidelines. For example, this may be your HR partner, captain, or designated person ashore. It can be hard to speak up, but it is a necessary step in seeking help and breaking the cycle of sexual assault and sexual harassment. The following is a list of resources to also utilize.
- RAINN-Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network: https://www.rainn.org/about-sexual-assault , 24/7 Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE(4673)
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center: https://www.nsvrc.org/
- Victim Connect: Confidential Referrals for Crime Victims: https://victimconnect.org/learn/types-of-crime/sexual-assault/, 1-855-484-2846
- SeafarerHelp: https://www.seafarerhelp.org dial +44 20 7323 2737; email email@example.com
- Safer Waves: https://saferwaves.org/
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