April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, as well as National Child Abuse Prevention Month in the U.S.  The SANE Sustainability app has a brief section on pediatrics for those whose pr

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Busy, busy, busy – that is how I would describe the last several weeks.  Or months.

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It’s probably not surprising that one of the most in-depth sections of the SANE Sustainability app is Funding, Support and Billing. Obviously money is an essential component of sustaining a program; however, the process of obtaining money, whether through grants, fundraising campaigns or patient reimbursement, may be foreign to program managers who have not had much experience in this arena. We’ve tried to demystify the process a bit by looking at some of the specific aspects of bringing money and support into SANE programs.
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Today’s blog comes as a guest post from NSVRC staff member Taylor Teichman, who recently participated in the LGBTQ youth-focused Time to Thrive Conference, hosted by Human Rights Campaign,

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Have you ever heard a story or watched a video about someone doing a random act of kindness for someone else?  I’m not normally a weepy person, but those stories get me all the time.   I can’t watch a Liberty Mutual Insurance

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graphic of teal checkmark surrounded by a circleHow do you know your program is accomplishing its goals? How do you measure SANE program success? At some point, SANE program managers need to take a look at their programs and ask these questions.

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I’m always excited when a new year brings new resources!   If you haven’t seen the latest resource from the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, check out Six Pillars for Prevention.    

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As the new year begins, we must remember that SANE programs cannot sustain themselves in a vacuum—they rely on both intra- and interdisciplinary collaboration to maintain a patient-centered focus and establish themselves as a critical component of any community’s response to sexual violence. Traditionally we’ve thought about victim advocates, law enforcement professionals and prosecutors as our key collaborators.

 

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As 2014 comes to a close, I decided to take a look back at some of the sexual violence prevention highlights from the past 12 months.  In many ways, it’s been a banner year for prevention.  Here are just a few things that captured our attention this year:

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It’s the most stressful time of the year, with the kids all bellowing and everyone yelling “We want it all…” Yes, it can be the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” as the real song states, but it can also be the most stressful as well. The decorations are gorgeous, the music is fabulous, and the treats force us to use that gym membership we’ve ignored all year.

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