Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time to focus the attention to the prevalence of sexual assault and educate communities, individuals and relatives about how to prevent it. Join CSVANW, local, state and national SAAM campaigns to honor the voices and experiences of victims and survivors.
Sexual Violence is not a new concept in tribal communities. Since colonization, Native people have experienced it in overwhelming numbers. Sexual violence can include everything from catcalling, sexual harassment, molestation, incest, and rape. At CSVANW, we support tribal communities who are doing the difficult work of advocating for survivors, advocating for funding, and advocating for the end of sexual violence against all Native men, women, gender expansive relatives and children.
CSVANW 2022’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month theme is, “Accountability is Traditional.” We ask those in support of survivors to join us as we bring awareness to the issue of sexual assault in tribal communities in New Mexico.
The first Tuesday of every April is the SAAM Day of Action. The Day of Action is an opportunity to start off the month with highly visible and coordinated actions.
Show your support today for survivors of sexual harassment and abuse by wearing teal (the color of sexual violence prevention) on April 5th and post to your social media.
By wearing teal, you are signaling that you support survivors and are a safe person to talk to if they need to reach out.
Join us for Denim Day on April 27, 2022! Wear jeans to take a stand against victim-blaming in honor of Denim Day. Head over to denimdayinfo.org to learn more about the campaign. Join the movement and be in solidarity by wearing denim and post a photo on social media sharing why you support survivors. Be sure you use #DenimDay #SAAM2022 #BelieveSurvivors and tag CSVANW.
Hello. My name is Reyes Abeita. I use She/Her/Hers pronouns. I am from Isleta Pueblo and Laguna-Village of Paguate, New Mexico. I have lived in Isleta all my life. I attended Central New Mexico Community College where I obtained my Associates Degree in Integrated Studies. I have been at Isleta Social Services for 7 years. I am the Project Coordinator with the K’ea-wah Supervised Visitation & Safe Exchange Program at Isleta Social Services. I also facilitate the Circle of Security Parenting classes.
“My intention while working at Isleta Social Services is to give back to my community members in a way that is supportive and humanistic. I enjoy working alongside my people and for my people.  I have enjoyed working on the many projects that bring the tough issues of domestic violence and sexual assault to light. I have learned a great deal, in terms of what our community needs, in order to move forward to begin healing and the path to recovering from trauma. Working for individuals and families who have lived experiences in domestic violence and sexual assault have made a lasting impact on the services that I provide as well as making a  contribution to my team at Isleta Social Services and the K’ea-wah Supervised Visitation & Safe Exchange Program, other tribal community partners and service providers. My passion to support victims and survivors is vital in my journey to becoming a cycle breaker for my generation and generations to come.
My hobbies include attending sporting events that my four children participate in. I am blessed to be able to raise amazing human beings. I am a loud and proud Baseball, Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, and Cheer Mom”
Khud’Khem/Dah’wah’eeh/Thank you,
Reyes Abeita
Happy Spring Advocates,
April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month and Child Abuse Awareness Month. We hope everyone is doing well and feeling grounded. This month can be especially hard for survivors so please reach out if you are in need of support. At CSVANW, we believe in survivors.
Here is a list of resources:
  • Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico 24 hour hotline: (505)-266-7711
  • Sexual Assault Services of Northwest New Mexico 24 hour hotline: (505) 326-4700 or 1-866-908-4700
  • Farmington Office: 505-325-2805
  • Gallup Office: 505-399-5940
  • Solace Crisis Treatment Center (Santa Fe) 24 Hour Crisis Advocacy Hotline: 1-800-721-7273
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners 24-hour Hotline: (505) 884-SANE (7263)
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: Confidential 24/7 Support Telephone hotline: 800-656-HOPE (4673)
  • Report Child Abuse and Neglect 1-855-333-SAFE
  • Para Los Ninos: (Monday through Friday) call 505-380-2509. After hours and weekends call 505-925-4495.
I want to take the opportunity to announce Reyes Abeita from the Pueblo of Isleta and Laguna has been nominated as our CSVANW Advocate of the Month for April 2022! Reyes, you provide direct services to our community survivors and their children by keeping them safe during visitations and exchanges. These services are important to the continued safety during the most dangerous time for a victim of domestic violence and Sexual Assault. It is not an easy job especially when working weekends and evenings to accommodate family schedules. Too often our most essential workers in this field are not uplifted, but here at CSVANW, our goal is to retain the advocates that are so passionate about the work they do for survivors. Thank you for your commitment. Congratulations!
We want to also send her to Dallas, Texas for the Conference for Crimes Against Women May 23-26th. Myself and another staff from CSVANW will be attending as well