April was a busy month here at Halftee! We relaunched the Mock Petal Ribbed Halftee and launched the Favorite Tee. Amanda had an amazing family vacation to Costa Rica. But on top of all that, April was also sexual assault awareness month, so we held and participated in different events to help raise awareness.
Why is Halftee involved?
Halftee is more than just about helping women dress comfortably. We are a business that loves women and wants to be a help and support to them. We love working with other women-owned businesses and organizations that help women and children.
Founder and CEO, Amanda Barker, explained:
As a wife, mother (4 boys and 4 girls), involved with public education, in church, and in my community, I lack a lot of support and education myself. As I have learned from the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA), it has become very clear that we are lacking a massive number of ground-level conversations. As a mom, I believe it starts with me. I need to be educating my children on safety, consent, risk management, and all the elements that give my children the tools to stay safe and respectful when it comes to intimate relationships. But where do I begin? These are very hard conversations and honestly, I need all the help I can get.
This year Amanda chose to have Halftee partner with UCASA to host an event to raise awareness. After the event Amanda went on to say:
I am so excited to have been able to host an event like our HALFTEE/UCASA event. I believe in most of us there is a desire to do things that help and provide service, light, or love to those less fortunate than we are. UCASA is that something for me. As I stood there, Tuesday evening, I knew that I was exactly where I was supposed to be, and I was very grateful. UCASA is an organization whose focus is to educate communities on the realities of sexual violence, starting with families, schools, churches, and workplaces. Their goal is to end sexual violence or at the very least provide care and attention to those who have been abused. To do this, we must start with the education process.
I stand with all women, children, and men that have been sexually abused. I believe you. I stand with UCASA in wanting to bring sexual violence to an end.
The UCASA Event
The event was an amazing opportunity to band with other women. We had inspirational speakers and the Rise Up Children’s Choir:
We were so grateful for everyone that participated as well as those who took the time to call, write, and spread the word on this topic.
Denim Day is a day in which people are encouraged to wear denim to combat victim-blaming and educate others about sexual violence. Click here to learn more about the history of Denim Day. Amanda joined UCASA and other members of the community to raise awareness.
How can you help?
We have loved working with UCASA! They are an amazing organization run by amazing women who are making a difference. They are always taking donations:
Learn more at the UCASA website.
Also, add Denim Day to your calendar for 2022 and join us in wearing denim! Add to Calendar
If you are looking for other ways to help and support the cause, email Alli at firstname.lastname@example.org.