Sexual assault is a very serious public health problem that affects millions of women in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 2 women have experienced sexual violence at some point in their lives. April was Sexual Assault Awareness month and Local Chapters offered support and encouragement throughout their communities—from on-campus discussions to self-defense classes—NAPW professional women ignited the power of change by coming together to make a difference.
April was also Stress Awareness Month, and Local Chapter members provided a supportive network of education and encouragement, learning healthy ways to manage stress to live successful, productive lives.
Let’s take a look at some inspiring Local Chapter initiatives:
Forest Hills | Chapter President Anjali Chugh
Freighting fact: 1 of every 5 college students experiences sexual assault during their college career . . . that is why the professional women of the Forest Hills Chapter held on-campus conversations about sexual assault awareness with young women, professors and staff at a local college. Special guest speakers included a sexual assault awareness advocate from a nonprofit organization, and a registered nurse practitioner, who provided a safe haven for candid discussions that included tips to prevent assault and what to do if you or someone you know is victimized. Through awareness, support and encouragement, NAPW members help make campuses and communities safer. Here’s to the power of change!
Columbus | Chapter President Louise A. Elliott
Health and happiness . . . that’s what it’s all about! Local Chapter members kept it stress-free with an educational Stress Wellness Awareness event. An expert health advisor discussed the impacts of stress on the body and explored alternative health science treatments for emotional imbalance. The professional ladies of Columbus learned productive ways to manage stress, and gained insight about how stress affects their overall health. Very stress-ucational!
Madison | Chapter President Lori Heffernon
Don’t mess with the best! Through strength, awareness and empowerment, the Madison Chapter inspired women everywhere with a fun day of building a strong defense against sexual assault. Attendees learned how to recognize early warning signs and techniques, and received some hands-on self-defense training. NAPW professional women are equipped with the power to protect ourselves and each other.
Western Milwaukee | Chapter President Lesley Poberezny
It’s hypnotizing! Chapter members left their worries at the door and entered the “stress-free zone” – where relaxation, peace and tranquility set their minds and bodies at ease. The hypnotherapy session was a hit it, featuring special guest hypnotist who discussed the importance of relaxation techniques, such as healthy breathing exercises, to effectively manage stress. Great job, ladies!
Augusta | Chapter President Sue Pellerin
Making a Difference in Denim was the order of business for the Augusta Chapter. They hosted a “Recycle Your Denim” event, collecting their slightly-worn jeans to donate to a local Salvation Army. Plus, they held a Yard Sale, with proceeds supporting victims of sexual assault. Augusta Chapter members donated their time and their hearts to their local community, and women and girls in need. Truly inspiring!
Simi Valley | Chapter President Carolyn Philmon
Chapter members of Simi Valley got by with a little help from their network—with an informative gathering of NAPW professional women sharing their challenges, stressors and stress management techniques. The meeting features a guest speaker (NAPW member) who is also a nurse psychotherapist, consultant and educator. She discussed common symptoms, causes and signs of stress; physical and mental effects; healthy tips and exercises and knowing when to seek professional support. NAPW professional women manage the “stress effect” together for personal and professional success.
Wichita | Chapter President Linda Shinogle
The professional women of NAPW provide a powerful network of protection against sexual assault. Motivated members from the Wichita Chapter were armed to equip, empower and educate each other through an educational session on sexual assault awareness. The meeting featured a powerful presenter who discussed information and facts about sexual assault, and offered advice to women on how to protect themselves. There was also a special guest speaker—a retired military combat veteran and successful business owner—who provided empowering demonstrations of self-defense and safety products for women. Members learned situational awareness strategies and self-defense techniques to build an “NAPW Shield of Defense.”
Here’s to health, education and success!
How did you raise sexual assault awareness last month? What helps you manage stress for success? Share your comments below.