NSVRC alerts nation: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and April 20th is “A Day to End Sexual Violence”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: April 1, 2004

Contact: Susan Lewis 1-877-739-3895, Ext. 102 or Karen Baker, Ext 101

Source: National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) NSVRC alerts nation:April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and April 20th is “A Day to End Sexual Violence” National awareness awards announced. Enola, PA.

(April 1, 2004) The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) announces that in April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), the nation will witness a wide variety of awareness raising events, especially on April 20th. Each year during April advocates and educators conduct events and activities all during the month.

Karen Baker, Director of the NSVRC says “This year the NSVRC encouraged rape crisis centers and coalitions to include in their plans some activity for April 20th. On that day, across the nation, many voices will be raised in different ways to promote awareness of sexual violence.” 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!”

According to Baker, “For the first time this year, the NSVRC is giving five national level Awards for Outstanding Effectiveness in Raising Awareness and Promoting Prevention of Sexual Violence. It recognizes those whose work has had national impact in raising awareness or promoting prevention of sexual violence, especially when it represents work or dedication above and beyond the normal scope of their daily work or mission.” The award winners are: Gail Burns-Smith of the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence for the impact of her advocacy and policy work on behalf of sexual assault victims. Joel Miranda for his impact in writing and producing the Emmy Award winning music video, “Gonna Make It.” Wendy Murphy for her impact in writing and speaking-out publicly about the rights of sexual assault victims. Rebecca Risch of the Denver Post for the creation and far-reaching impact of the website resource on sexual assault in the military, “Betrayal in the Ranks.” Laura Zarate of Arte Sana for her dedication in promoting bi-lingual resources and the impact of her work in sexual abuse prevention.

The NSVRC provides resources and information on sexual violence to rape crisis centers, state and territory coalitions, allied organizations, agencies, educators, media and the general public. Phone toll free: 877-739-3895 or visit www.nsvrc.org.

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