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June is PTSD Awareness Month!

June is PTSD Awareness Month. Some quick facts about PTSD:
1. PTSD affects survivors of many traumas and is NOT just a result of wartime or military experience. Traumas that cause PTSD include sexual and domestic violence, cyberbullying/bullying, major accidents and deaths.
2. It is more common to freeze during a traumatic event, like a sexual assault.
3. PTSD and trauma affect our perceptions of the world, ourselves, and those around us.

4. Someone with PTSD can experience symptoms that are both visible and invisible to those around them. These symptoms include: hypervigilance, nightmares, flashbacks, distorted perceptions specific to safety, irritability, anxiety, depression, isolation, and avoidance.

5. Someone with PTSD experiences symptoms specific to safety due to a feeling that they are not safe. This is due to the brain’s fear response (i.e. amygdala) being on high alert and working overtime. Triggers, or objects, places, people, and situations that remind someone of the trauma, can set off the amygdala’s fear response.

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June is Pride Month!

To all our community members, allies, and survivors whom identify as LGBTQ+, we wish you a Happy Pride Month this June!

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We Want to Hear from You!

We would love your feedback! CMSAC’s “Contact Us” page allows the community to provide feedback on services, events, and programs in a confidential way. You are also able to remain anonymous by entering name “anonymous” in both fields, just be sure to include an @ symbol in the email field! We look forward to hearing from you!

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Thank You to Zonta St. Cloud!

A special thanks to Zonta St Cloud for your generous donation to CMSAC, which allows us to continue our important work with survivors of sexual violence! And congratulations to the other non-profits honored, including Anna Marie’s Alliance!

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Concerned Person’s Support Group Tonight from 5-6:30 PM!

Tonight we will discuss the losses that secondary survivors feel after witnessing their partner, friend, coworker, child, parent, or family member go through sexual violence and how we begin to heal from such a loss.

Walk-ins welcome! Light refreshments available.

NEW Concerned Person Support Group Flyer

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Celebration of Healing event in April to honor #SAAM and all the survivors and allies in our community! There was great food, many activities (energy healer, adult coloring, yoga, prizes, etc.) and lots of celebrating. Thank you!

TXT-4-Life Replaced by Crisis Text Line

Txt4Life has been replaced by Crisis Text Line by texting MN to 741741. In addition to the crisis text line, survivors can call us at (320) 251-4357 and speak with a sexual assault advocate 24/7.

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Wanted: Gas & Grocery Gift Cards!

Good Morning! CMSAC is looking for gas and grocery gift cards for a couple families whom have experienced multiple acts of violence, including sexual violence. Any gift card amount will be very helpful to these families and help prevent homelessness, hunger and other negative impacts from these crimes. Ideas: Wal-Mart, Target, grocery stores, gas cards from any gas station.

Thank you for your time and consideration! Gift Card or other donations can be completed through our PayPal account here: https://bit.ly/2rf3kvC or by dropping them off at 15 Riverside Drive NE St Cloud, MN 56304.

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Our Celebration of Healing Event is This Sunday!

Update: Our Celebration of Healing event is coming up on Sunday (4/29) from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Courtyard Marriott in downtown St. Cloud and our Facebook event attendance is now at 52! Let’s help increase these numbers by sharing this post or inviting all your survivor and ally friends to this event! FB event for the Celebration of Healing here: https://www.facebook.com/events/922895894538652/

By sharing you help allow an opportunity for a survivor or ally to honor their healing through fun self-care activities! #SAAM

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