Contact: Jessica Shomper, Communications Specialist
Source: National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
National Sexual Violence Resource Center hosts “Bandana Project” reception
Enola, PA (April 24, 2008). The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) will host a reception featuring the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Bandana Project” during April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The event, scheduled for Tuesday, April 29, 2008 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm, is open to the public and will be held at 123 N. Enola Drive, Enola, PA.
Invited speakers include Commissioner Stuart J. Ishimaru of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Remigia Sandoval of Survivors of Adams County.
The “Bandana Project” raises awareness of sexual violence and harassment against farmworker women. The project was launched by Esperanza: The Immigrant Women’s Legal Initiative of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
The NSVRC’s 2008 SAAM campaign focuses on workplace violence. The theme is Prevent Sexual Violence… in our workplaces.
Karen Baker, Director of the NSVRC says “The National Sexual Violence Resource Center joins with the ‘Bandana Project’ to honor farmworker women and bring attention to their unique plight. Our current theme of preventing sexual violence in the workplace includes all types of work settings and we stand with farmworkers throughout the world who deserve to do their work free from the threat of sexual harassment, rape and other forms of violence.”
Farmworker women use bandanas to protect themselves from the sun and dust. Bandanas also hide their faces from perpetrators as a silent protest and have become a symbol of solidarity.
“Often… farmworker women are ashamed for themselves and their families and afraid of losing their jobs,” said Mónica Ramírez, project director for Esperanza: The Immigrant Women’s Legal Initiative of the SPLC. “Through this project, we try to bring a sense of hope, confidence and the will to be brave. It is our wish that these women will see our encouragement as a sign that they no longer have to suffer in silence.”
The NSVRC provides resources and information on sexual violence. Phone toll free: 877-739-3895 or visit www.nsvrc.org  .