SAFE San Juans and San Juan County Land Bank ‘Sow Seeds of Hope’ During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Posted April 16, 2021 at 4:30 am by

Contributed photo.

From SAFE San Juans

SAFE San Juans is work­ing with the San Juan Coun­ty Land Bank’s Sal­ish Seeds Project to sow seeds of hope dur­ing Sex­u­al Assault Aware­ness Month in April.

Through­out April, staff from SAFE San Juans will be hand­ing out Sal­ish seeds through­out the coun­ty in spe­cial­ly designed pack­ets with art and mes­sages of hope for those who have suf­fered from sex­u­al abuse. It is the per­fect col­lab­o­ra­tion for two orga­ni­za­tions whose goal is to help restore and pro­vide hope.

The Sal­ish Seeds Project is a part­ner­ship between the Land Bank and San Juan Preser­va­tion Trust ded­i­cat­ed to restor­ing native wild­flow­ers and grass­es in the San Juan Islands.

Plants and seeds of species native to island grass­lands, oak savan­nahs and rocky mead­ows are pro­duced at a nurs­ery locat­ed at Red Mill Farm in San Juan Valley.

SAFE San Juans is a local non­prof­it ded­i­cat­ed to the pre­ven­tion and elim­i­na­tion of domes­tic vio­lence and sex­u­al assault through vic­tim ser­vices, edu­ca­tion, com­mu­ni­ty aware­ness and social change.

With offices in Fri­day Har­bor, East­sound and Lopez Vil­lage, SAFE’s con­fi­den­tial and free ser­vices include 24/7 cri­sis sup­port, safe­ty plan­ning, advo­ca­cy (legal, med­ical, finan­cial, etc.), emer­gency safe shel­ter, sup­port groups, and pro­fes­sion­al counseling/therapy for survivors.

Flower to Sym­bol­ize Sur­vivors’ Strength 

SAFE and the Sal­ish Seeds Project chose Clarkia amoe­na as the native wild­flower through which to call atten­tion to the real­i­ty of sex­u­al assault and acknowl­edge the suf­fer­ing of those who have been sex­u­al­ly abused.

Clarkia amoe­na is an annu­al in the Ona­graceae fam­i­ly that includes evening prim­rose and fuschia. It appears on the rugged hills of the Pacif­ic Coast in ear­ly sum­mer and is known as “Farewell to Spring.”

From British Colum­bia to Cal­i­for­nia, its pop­py-like blos­soms cast a pink­ish to light pur­ple hue over the west­ern ter­rain. A trib­ute to the inner strength of sex­u­al assault sur­vivors, this beau­ti­ful self-sow­ing plant returns year after year to ush­er in a new sea­son of life. There can be light and life beyond dark winter.

The art and mes­sages SAFE share’s on the seed pack­ages point to hope beyond suf­fer­ing and hope for growth. There is “Hope for Free­dom and Hap­pi­ness,” a call to “Sow the Seeds of Hope,”  an invi­ta­tion “Let’s Grow Togeth­er in Hope,”  the belief there is “Hope for a Brighter Tomor­row,” and the under­stand­ing that “Hope Grows with Help.”

Con­tact

Just like Sal­ish Seeds Project staff are able to assist any­one with plant selec­tion and plan­ning for projects, staff at SAFE San Juans are avail­able to help any­one who needs to talk about abuse they have suf­fered, or are suffering.

If you have expe­ri­enced Domes­tic Vio­lence or Sex­u­al Abuse, SAFE’s trained advo­cates can help you. For more infor­ma­tion go to www.safesj.org, vis­it a SAFE office in Fri­day Har­bor, East­sound or Lopez Vil­lage, or call 360–378-8680.

If you are in a cri­sis, SAFE advo­cates can be reached 24/7 through their cri­sis lines:

  • San Juan Island: 360–378-2345
  • Orcas Island: 360–376-1234
  • Lopez Island: 360–468-4567

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