April is a month that often conjures thoughts of baseball games, green grass, and opening the windows to let the sunshine in... and the winter coodies out! However, many do not necessarily think of April as being Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
No one should ever feel they must walk alone following trauma.
In the same way that Jesus accompanied all who suffered, our community of faith at Trinity English seeks to create a safe setting where companionship may occur: to hear stories, pray, and walk along side anyone who is carrying a burden, including persons with troubling experiences that often remain hidden secrets. We respect the fact that there is a critical distinction between companionship and professional counseling. Consequently, we regularly refer those seeking professional assistance to local counselors at various mental and behavioral health agencies, including Lutheran Social Services, Safe Harbour Counseling, Park Center, The Bowen Center, and others.
Please join us in donating to our valued community partner, and pray with us that, as a community of faith, we may create safe spaces where all who live with painful life experience will find peace, hope, and renewal.
It is never our intention to trigger painful emotions or memories. Consequently, we often steer clear of discussing difficult topics such as sexual assault entirely, and the result unfortunately, is that stereotypes and stigma surrounding these topics are perpetuated, and persons affected by sexual assault remain isolated without the benefit of appropriate support, counseling, healthcare, or spiritual companionship.
If discussions surrounding sexual assault prompt the need to speak with a professional:
The National Sexual Assault Hotline is 1. 800.656.HOPE (4673)
Discussions about the "Me Too" movement and reports of sexual misconduct have increased markedly in recent months. We are blessed to have an invaluable resource in Fort Wayne to care for individuals who have experienced an attack of this nature. The Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center is a valued community partner of Trinity English Lutheran Church, largely because their forensic nurses embody compassionate, professional, and confidential care for their patients of all ages.
Why is bamboo used as the logo of the
Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center?
"By bending with the wind or the storm it can weather these rough moments, to emerge whole and stronger afterwards. We would do well to take this lesson from bamboo, when a stronger force confronts us, do not meet it headlong, find a way to bend and overcome; by so doing you too will emerge whole and stronger."
JaneT JoRdan Altmeyer
Building a foundation of supportive relationships in The City of Churches, moving forward as a community bolstered by faith, driven by purpose, inspired by Christ's love.