Raising our voices and providing support to prevent sexual violence
One of the core values of SK Food Group is that we care about one another. To help ensure our Associates and their friends and family feel safe, we want to highlight this very serious and important issue.
Every April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) raises public awareness of sexual harassment, assault and abuse. From threatening and abusive behavior online, to violence at home, to harassment on the job or on the street, chances are someone we know is a survivor. Nationwide, 81% of women and 43% of men have reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment and/or assault in their lifetime.
“I am weary of all our sad stories—not hearing them, but that we have these stories to tell, that there are so many.”
— Roxane Gay
The theme of this year’s SAAM is “Drawing Connections: Prevention Demands Equity”. For everyone working to prevent and raise awareness of sexual assault, this campaign challenges us to do so while building racial equity and respect.
This call to action is very much in line with the core values and people-first philosophy of SK Food Group. Through our diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) policies, we strive to make sure that everyone in the company is treated with dignity and respect. This includes providing a safe work environment and putting the physical and mental well-being of our Associates first.
We do this by empowering Associates to achieve their full potential and providing support in times of need. Our Employee Assistance Program provides our Associates and their families with 24/7 support for crisis and trauma, stress and anxiety, grief and loss, legal issues, and more.
The first Tuesday of every April is the SAAM Day of Action. Around the US, people will be standing up to support survivors of sexual violence – raising their voices at events and on social media, donating to a local organization that provides services to survivors or wearing teal – the color of sexual violence prevention. There are many ways to get involved, and the National Sexual Assault Resource Center website has lots of ideas.
There, you can also find someone to talk to. The National Sexual Assault Hotline is confidential and provides 24/7 support: 1-800-656-4673. Or, chat online at: online.rainn.org