Julie Weil and the Not Just Me Foundation donated some beautiful journals that have been handmade with butterflies on the outside and handwritten message on the inside (You are Brave, You are Strong, You are Not Alone).
Each message was written by a sexual assault survivor – these journals will be given to sexual assault victims by their advocate after their initial meeting at the Butterfly House. Julie shared that someone gave her a journal after her assault. It helped her organize her thoughts and keep track of her memories. She has also donated some beautiful pendants to be distributed; the pendants remind the survivors to Be Strong. We are so thankful and blessed to have a beautiful person such as Julie who cares and does so much the sexual assault victims in our County – she is truly an amazing one of a kind person!!
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) are registered nurses who have completed specialized education and clinical preparation in the medical forensic care of the patient who has experienced sexual assault or abuse.
SANEs play a vital role in our community by providing victim-centered, trauma informed nursing care to victims of sexual assault while also collecting evidence and working with the judicial system to bring perpetrators to justice.
Palm Beach County Victim Services has a team of nine SANEs who are on call 24/7 to provide sexual assault forensic examinations to victims of sexual assault. PBC SANEs have responded to over 240 victims of sexual assault this year.
In celebration of Forensic Nurses Week 2016, PBC SANEs were recognized with a certificate of appreciation, a personalized portfolio and a SANE hand-bag during a lunch and learn event on November 10, 2016. One SANE described the event by saying, “Being appreciated and gaining invaluable education at the same time, all while brainstorming with other local SANEs–couldn’t ask for a better Forensic Nurses Week! Thank you!”
On October 26, 2016, Palm Beach County Victim Services held the Domestic Violence Tea Talk event at the South County Courthouse. Victims of Domestic Violence were invited to mingle and snack on tea sandwiches & treats while listening to a panel of professionals share their own experiences and knowledge about violence.
This event included a panel of professionals who shared information and testimonials on Domestic Violence.
(Photo features panel participants, Marla Galindez of PBSO and Amber Ahern of the Link Coalition)
On October 25, 2016, Palm Beach County Victim Services joined Lynn University students for the annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event. Students and community members honored victims of sexual assault and domestic violence by walking in high heels.
What is Walk a Mile in Her Shoes?
Put Yourself in Her Shoes™
Each year, an ever-increasing number of men, women and their families are joining the award-winning Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence. A Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® Event is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and remediations to men’s sexualized violence against women.
First You Walk the Walk
There is an old saying: “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks men to literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes. It’s not easy walking in these shoes, but it’s fun and it gets the community to talk about something that’s really difficult to talk about: gender relations and men’s sexualized violence against women.
Then You Talk the Talk
It’s critical to open communication about sexualized violence. While hidden away, sexualized violence is immune to cure. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to get people talking. People unfamiliar with men’s sexualized violence against women don’t want to know it exists. It’s ugly. People that have experienced sexualized violence themselves want to forget about it. How do you get people talking now, so they can prevent it from happening? And if it’s already happened, how do you help them recover.
— information courtesy of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
On November 17th, 2016, Palm Beach County Victim Service’s SART office hosted a Bake Sale with the proceeds benefiting the United Way.
You may have heard by now… Palm Beach County Victim Services “Family Holiday Café” United Way fund/friend-raiser was impressive! The Family Holiday Café held on Monday, December 5, 2016 was the culmination of our Palm Beach County Holiday Family Cookbook project. Over 70 chefs from Palm Beach County government contributed their cherished and sometimes “secret” recipes. Thank you to all our chefs who turned out a gourmet feast. Over 100 county employees enjoyed these awesome d…ishes and created festive memories with family, co- workers, & new friends. Oh yes…we did raise some money! We are at $1,250 right now and would like to substantially raise that bar with your help. Think of the cookbook as holiday gifts for family, staff, and other friends. This is a present that will stay opened on the kitchen counter.
How do I order? Glad you asked! Cost per cookbook is $12.00
Last day to get the money in for your order(s) is: Friday, December 16th, 2016.
Send checks through interoffice mail. Attn: Sharon Daugherty/Victim Services/SART 4210 N. Australian Ave, WPB, FL 33407. Make check out to: Ellen Craddock-Day * If possible and convenient, $cash$ is preferred.
Your cookbooks will be sent to you via interoffice mail. OR:
You can buy/pick up the cookbooks at Victim Services/SART 4210 N. Australian Ave, WPB, FL 33407 – please call ahead so we can have them ready.
Thank you & Happy Holidays!