San Joaquin County
District Attorney's Office
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY 222 E. Weber Ave., Room 202, Stockton, CA
P. O. Box 990, Stockton, CA 95201
T (209) 468-2400 | F (209) 465-0371
TORI VERBER SALAZAR District Attorney Scott A. Fichtner Assistant District Attorney Kristine M. Reed Assistant District Attorney James Bojko Chief Investigator
News from the Office of District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar
For Immediate Release
April 12, 2022
CONTACT: Elisa Bubak, Public Information Officer
T: (209) 468-2400 | E: elisa.bubak@sjcda.org

DA Verber Salazar Participates in “Teal Sand Project” for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar, members of the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office and Family Justice Center joined Women’s Center Youth and Family Services in their “Teal Sand Project” in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

“We are proud to partner with the Women’s Center- Youth and Family Services to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month,” said District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar. “Every 68 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. These statistics cannot be ignored. My administration believes victims and will prosecute those who commit this harm to the full extent of the law.”

The theme of Women’s Center- Youth and Family Services’ Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign is “Start by Believing.” To be part of the campaign, the walkways leading into the District Attorney’s Office from the San Joaquin County Superior Court has been lined with teal sand. The Teal Sand Project provides a visible representation of the District Attorney’s Office being a safe space for survivors and those who have suffered or been a victim of sexual assault.

Under the leadership of District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar, the first Family Justice Center opened their doors in 2018. Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, stalking, child and elder abuse can find hope and healing within their doors. The Family Justice Center functions as a one-stop-shop for wrap-around services for victims, regardless of a crime report. The Family Justice Center has resource partners, like the Women’s Center- Youth and Family Services, readily available on-site. It is because of these strong partnerships that the FJC has helped over 7,000 victims in the last four years, in addition to the nearly 20,000 victims the District Attorney’s Office Victim-Witness Unit assists annually.

To learn more about the Teal Sand Project and other campaigns by the Women’s Center- Youth and Family Services, visit WomensCenterYFS.org. To learn about the District Attorney’s Office and crime units in charge of prosecuting sexual assault, visit the Vertical Prosecution page.