SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Now in its 20th year, Sexual Assault Awareness Month aims to raise awareness each April about sexual assault, harassment and violence across the nation.
Savannah City Council members met Monday to discuss resources available locally, including the Rape Crisis Center and an unconventional advocacy group, the Astrals.
“Any way we can serve the citizens and make sure they are aware of our services and our collaborative partnerships that we have — that’ll serve the citizens of Savannah,” said Rape Crisis Center Director Doris Williams.
“To those of you that are victims of any of these abuses, I cannot imagine the trauma that you’re going through. Just know that we care and we can help,” said Alderman Kurtis Purtee, who was joined by Alderman Nick Palumbo and Detric Legget and Alderwoman Linda Wilder-Bryan.
“You do not have to go through this trauma alone because the truth is you’re not alone. Your voice is power,” Purtee continued.
He introduced a member of the Astrals, a group that — dressed in superhero costumes — helps report issues to the police anonymously.
“Yes, this is a little strange,” the costumed Astrals member joked.
Taking a theatrical approach in speaking with victims has helped bring a sense of comfort, they shared.
“I believe that this group is able to help people envision the person they would feel the most comfortable talking about these cases with,” they said.
“We are in your corner, and if we are, then this whole city is, too. At the end of the day, you are the one that will make the change,” the Astrals group member said. “We’re the ones who will be by your side every step of the way if you need us.”