April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (#SAAM) and the awareness ribbon color is teal. Teal is a mixture of the colors blue and green, similarly to how the lives of sexual abuse and assault survivors can be a mixture of buckets of tears (blue) and great prosperity (green). The shame can be overcome; the victimization can be conquered. I conquered it almost 2 decades ago successfully–others can too.
As a victim and survivor, I needed to hear someone share that I could make it, that my voice and my story mattered, that I wasn’t alone… I have dedicated my life to being the person I didn’t have.
Help me paint social media teal by sharing teal inspired creations using the hashtag #RevealYourTeal! What a message of love, hope and strength that will be shared with the millions of survivors who may live day-to-day with the feeling of being alone. This feeling is common but it doesn’t have to continue…
Here are the rules:
Who: Everyone! You will share your teal inspired creation(s); your audience will engage with your post; together you and your audience will start a dialogue that can begin the healing process for so many!
What: Each week, different types of creative platforms will be shared. Participate in all that you can!
When: April 1st – April 31st
Why: 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18. If you are not a survivor, you certainly know someone who is even if they haven’t told you.
Where: All social media platforms, especially Instagram and Facebook.
How: Post at least once based on the weekly theme. Tag @confidentcanvas (so I can find and love on your post) and #RevealYourTeal. If you use one of the freebies from our sponsors, please also tag them.
Note: Your followers may comment on the beauty of your creations–please share in your caption(s) why you have created your art. Your followers may freely share their own stories. Allow them to but don’t question them. Say statements like “You are not alone” and “I believe you” to encourage them to continue speaking out. Finally, as much as you would like to save everyone, you can’t. Direct those who need it to the resources below–DO NOT take on trying to personally help individuals. Do not give out your personal contact information. You must keep yourself, survivors/victims protected and covered in prayer throughout this campaign.
National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline: 800.656.HOPE (4673)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255
A request was made to see examples of what I am looking for… I am sharing an example of an idea for each week, but the truth is however you share will be a blessing! Even if you create jewelry, make it teal and share! Someone’s breakthrough could come through the work of your hands…
The following are ideas for each week:
Week 1: Bible Journaling
Week 2: Planner Spread
Week 3: Journal
Week 4: Lettering
To support you in your creativity, we have some feeebies generously donated by our sponsors! The first set of freebies, created by team member, @Pupocoarts, will be available on March 31st only ($4 after this date).
Other freebies and more will be uploaded throughout the month of April in the Confident Canvas Facebook group! Join to get 2 freebies today from @poshpieces and @thecraftyways_!
A special thank you to our Creative Sponsors. Your generosity means the world to me and survivors everywhere!
Special thanks to our weekly teams! Follow them on Instagram for ideas and inspiration!
A special shoutout to my Creative Team Members for their unwavering support, @Topknotsandjesus and @pupocoarts! They not only work hard behind the scenes on this campaign but they are also sponsors. I appreciate them more than they know!
Let us know in the comments if you are joining us in this awareness campaign–we would love to see encouragement from your heART!
The Confident Canvas