Save the dates for SAAM

All month long, follow the conversation on Facebook. And download a coloring book from the Washington State Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs.

If this month’s activities trigger painful memories of your own survivor experience, YWCA Advocates can meet with you for listening and support by phone or, with COVID precautions, in person. 

YW Reads: Know My Name by Chanel Miller*

You likely heard about this 2015 assault when it first became national news. And if you’re one of the millions who read the Victim Impact statement that went viral after its publication on Buzzfeed, you won’t be surprised that this is a compelling book. We’ll be reading Know My Name through the month of April, then meeting virtually on any one of three dates (May 2, 3, or 4) to reflect together on the impact of Chanel’s story. Several copies are available to borrow from the Walla Walla Public Library and the Walla Walla County Rural Library District or to purchase from area bookstores.

This book contains details of Chanel’s assault and the way she was treated by the media and the legal system.

Choose any evening to join us, and be sure to put it on your calendar: Sun/Mon/Tues, May 2/3/4, 6 p.m. (Click here.) If you are asked for a passcode, enter 1234.

Awareness campaign

YWCA and Campus Advocate Malia Lewis will lead  students from WWCC, WWU and Whitman in raising awareness about sexual assault. Malia and her intern Hannah Rudman have created a series of posters to display around town and on the three campuses.

The posters, Hannah hopes, will not only educate the community about the realities of sexual violence but also be a reminder that “sexual violence is a problem that implicates all of us.”


Thursday evening, April 15, you’re invited to the Milton-Freewater Drive-In for a screening of Eliaichi Kimaro’s award-winning documentary about finding your heritage, family secrets, and sharing your story. The gates will open at 7 p.m., and the film begins at dusk, around 8:15 p.m.

While working on the project, the creative team for A Lot Like You discovered this surprising paradox: “The more personal, honest and vulnerable we got in our storytelling, the more universal our story became.”

“This film invites us all to reflect on the complexity of loving people through pain, secrets and differences,” says the filmmaker.

As the film contains descriptions of assault and genital mutilation, we recommend that parents visit the movie website to assess their children’s readiness.