Denim Day strengthens our community response to sexual violence

On Wednesday, April 24, Aurora caregivers supported Denim Day, a campaign to raise awareness and support survivors of sexual assault.

In some locations, caregivers were able to wear denim in exchange for a $5 donation to the Aurora Health Care Abuse Response Fund.  View a slideshow of activities at multiple Aurora locations in southeastern Wisconsin.

Aurora Health Care Foundation President Cristy Garcia-Thomas and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett

Aurora Health Care Foundation President Cristy Garcia-Thomas and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

Local leaders joined at Milwaukee City Hall for a press conference hosted by the City’s Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.  This year’s “Persons of Influence” campaign featured local leaders wearing denim in support of the 2013 event.

Aurora Health Care is a champion for sexual assault survivors through the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs throughout our system, the Sexual Assault Treatment Center, and The Healing Center, where survivors receive free counseling, group therapy and bilingual advocacy.

The Healing Center provides services to more than 600 people annually, and the Sexual Assault Treatment Center has treated more than 1,200 people since 2010.

Through your gift to Denim Day, you can help The Healing Center and other Aurora Health Care services strengthen our community response to sexual violence.

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A little humor to lift your spirit!

I heard this over the weekend and thought it was pretty funny. I’m guessing this would probably work for anything you don’t want your children doing!

Barack and Michelle Obama’s plan for preventing their children from getting tattoos:

“What we’ve said to the girls is that ‘If you guys ever decide to get a tattoo, then Mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo, in the same place, and we’ll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo.’”

Today is Denim Day!

Denim_day_workinglogoWe celebrate Denim Day in honor of a woman who was forcibly raped by her driving instructor. The woman pressed charges, but the case was dismissed because the chief judge decided that, “…because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans, it was no longer rape, but consensual sex.”

Let’s come together and wear our jeans loud and proud! It’s time to end victim-blaming and stand up for survivors of sexual violence.

Remembering Martin


Courtesy of the Huffington Post

Martin Richard, an 8-year-old boy from Massachusetts, loved climbing trees and jumping in mud puddles. On Monday, he stood near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, eating an ice cream cone with his family, when a bomb hit, killing him and critically injuring his mother and sister. Today, a candle burns on the stoop of his family’s home.

When I read about this, I was shocked and left without words. Having just returned from maternity leave and so in love with my new baby boy, I can’t imagine how Martin’s mother must feel. My heart goes to her and I can only hope that she has a strong support system to comfort her, if that is even possible.

Above is a picture of Martin, smiling with bright eyes into the camera and holding his message for the world. “No more hurting people. Peace.” It’s a simple thought, but hopefully one that can resonate with all of us.  Let’s take a moment for those affected by this tragedy in Boston and honor Martin’s memory by coming together for PEACE.