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Apr 1, 2013 1:15 PM by MELISSA CANONE

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

LAFAYETTE, La. - For more than 50 years combined, Hearts of Hope has responded daily to families affected by the trauma of sexual violence in Acadiana-families.

The organization provides prevention education to schools and the community - to prevent and raise awareness of sexual violence. Natalie Thibodeaux, Education Coordinator, along with Maggie Hebert, ULL Intern will be traveling to Baton Rouge on April 16th, for Day at The Capitol.  In conjunction with LaFASA (Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault) and LCADV (Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence), Day at The Capitol is an opportunity where members of various Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence programs join together at the Louisiana State Capitol to educate and advocate.  Hearts of Hope will attend Day at The Capitol to show legislators that they advocate to end sexual violence and domestic violence in their community and to help survivors raise their voice. 

To raise awareness during April, Hearts Hope will be selling Paper Hearts throughout Acadiana. Help spread awareness and stop sexual abuse. All proceeds from Awareness Paper Heart sales will be donated to Hearts of Hope's three programs- Children's Advocacy Center, Sexual Abuse Response Center and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners-to continue their mission of reducing the trauma experienced by sexual violence in the Acadiana area.

Paper hearts at this time will be available at the following locations: LA Specs, Old Navy, Hemline, Laura II's, KOHL's and Buck & Johnny's Pizzeria.
More information about Hearts of Hope, selling paper hearts, upcoming events as well as sponsorship opportunities available, please contact Natalie Johnson at (337) 269-1557 or visit



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