Understanding sexual violence: tips for parents and caregivers coverThis fact sheet provides information about sexual violence prevention and how parents and caregivers can play a role in responding to victims and promoting prevention. It is part of the 2015 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) resource kit

social media toolkit coverThis toolkit explores how social media tools can help spread awareness and advocate for social change. Daily posts for Twitter and conversation starters for Facebook promote online involvement in Sexual Assault Awareness Month. It is part of the 2015 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) resource kit

Letter to the editor coverThis sample letter to the editor provides a template for addressing sexual violence on college campuses for local or campus media outlets. This letter can be customized or used generically as a media advocacy tool during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. It is part of the 2015 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) resource kit

SAAM Proclamation CoverThis customizable proclamation allows communities, individuals, and organizations to commit themselves to sexual violence prevention. It is part of the 2015 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) resource kit

The 2015 SAAM Campaign materials include free, downloadable posters in 3 different sizes. Posters are also available in Spanish. 

El acceso multilingüe es crucial para la prevención de la violencia sexual y las intervenciones conexas. Esta declaración describe en enfoque del NSVRC al acceso multilingüe dentro de un marco de justicia social.

Sexual violence -- including rape, child sexual abuse, and sexual harassment -- is a complicated topic to understand. There are many fears, myths and stereotypes that abound. We understand that reporting on these topics is a difficult task and we appreciate the media’s commitment to doing so with integrity. As a result, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) has created a packet for journalists about reporting on sexual violence.

As members of the media, journalists play a critical role in illuminating the truth for people. Well-written, fact-based stories that place a particular incident in a broader context can go a long way toward educating the public. A well-informed public can help ensure appropriate responses and services for victims; accountability and treatment for those who abuse others; and can strengthen the prevention strategies of organizations and communities. This fact sheet discusses some basic information on sexual violence.

The full Media Packet includes 7 other resources:

What is Sexual Violence?

Statistics about Sexual Violence

Crime Reports of Sexual Violence

People who commit sexual violence

What is Child Sexual Abuse?

The NSVRC at a Glance

Talking with Survivors

Engaging Bystanders

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The Bureau of Justice Statistics special report Rape and Sexual Assault Victimization Among College-Age Females, 1995–2013 released in December, 2014 uses the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) to compare the rape and sexual assault victimization from 1995 to 2013 of female college students (enrolled in a college, university, trade school or vocational school) and female nonstudents. Read our highlights.

High-profile cases in the media are an important opportunity to educate the public about the realities of sexual assault. Specifics of each case are different, but our role as advocates is always to support survivors and help everyone understand sexual violence.

This flyer provides information about the NSVRC’s Lifespan Project which is a technical assistance initiative to provide advocates, medical providers, law enforcement, prosecutors, and others with resources and strategies to effectively respond to and support survivors of sexual violence. The Lifespan Project focuses on trauma-informed service delivery with a particular concern for populations who may fall through the cracks of our systems.

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