National Sexual Violence Resource Center reveals more focus and unity

National Sexual Violence Resource Center reveals more focus and unity in nationwide Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Enola, PA

(April 1) - The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) announces that in April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), the nation should see greater focus and attention on sexual violence.

Karen Baker, NSVRC Project Director says that as a result of the NSVRC's SAAM campaign, April 2003 will experience more coordinated nationwide SAAM activities than has ever occurred before. "In particular," Baker says. "April 9th will be a big day!" As part of this year's SAAM campaign, the NSVRC has called for simultaneous events on April 9th, Shout Out events, to take place all across the nation. Baker points out, "these events may be small or large but the hope is that together they will send a clear message to the nation: Sexual Assault affects everyone and we must now Decide to End Sexual Violence!" "Some Shout Outs may be small, local or regional events," explains Baker, "but larger events are also scheduled. For example, a state coordinated Shout Out will take place in Harrisburg, PA."

Jan Baily, Communications Director for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) reports that "PCAR is preparing a statewide Shout Out at the Capital complex in Harrisburg. Buses will bring in people from all over the state." Baker asks the media to "watch for the wide variety of SAAM activities, and provide press coverage.

There will also be Take Back the Night events on campuses and many creative activities across the nation." She adds that the NSVRC website, provides a calendar of SAAM activities that currently lists approximately 140 upcoming SAAM events. Baker reported that early in the month, April 3rd, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention will sponsor a live satellite broadcast and webcast on Sexual Violence Prevention: Building Leadership and Commitment to Underserved Communities. And on the last day of the month, the National Taskforce to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women is planning a briefing on Capital Hill to focus attention on effective sexual assault prevention programs, which will end April on a positive note.

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