Tea party supports My Sister's House
From Contributed Reports
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Nearly a hundred people gathered on April 7 at Benvenue Country Club for a Community Tea Party in support of My Sister’s House.
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month; teal serves as the color for awareness about the issue. Elizabeth Marshal, associate professor of criminal justice and Criminal Justice program coordinator at N.C. Wesleyan College, served as the guest speaker.
The family friendly event focused around consent and healthy boundaries. When it comes to things like social media, Marshal emphasized asking permission before taking a picture or making a post online. For the adults in the audience, Marshal offered this, “I challenge adults to set the example. What are you teaching your children? Are you teaching your kids about personal space and boundaries?”
Attendees feasted on an assortment of pastries and sandwiches and hot and iced tea accompanied by silver serving dishes, white linen table cloths and fresh flowers. The event was a first for My Sister’s House, which used other avenues in the past for sexual assault awareness.
“For the last five years, we have hosted ‘A Walk in Her Shoes’ and while we had a great response by the community with that event, we felt it limited awareness. The walk emphasized female victims, excluding male victims of sexual assault. We want something more inclusive, something the whole family could partake in and enjoy. This tea was open to families, individuals, boys and girls,” Executive Director Emily Lemus said. “Everyone needs to be a part of the conversation around consent and assault so we can all work to create solutions and support for victims.”
My Sister’s House provides services to victims of sexual assault in Nash and Edgecombe counties with offices in Nashville, Rocky Mount and Tarboro. Anyone in need of services can call the 24-hour crisis line at 252-459-3094. For additional information or ways to support the work of My Sister’s House, call 252-316-8444 or visit mshnc.org.