Healthy Adolescent Sexual Development Resources

About the 2014 campaign

The 2014 National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign focused on healthy sexuality and young people. This campaign provides tools on healthy adolescent sexuality and engaging youth. Learn how you can play a role in promoting a healthy foundation for relationships, development and sexual violence prevention.  These tools engage adults in supporting positive youth development, and encourages young people to be activists for change.  

An overview on healthy adolescent sexual development
This tool provides an overview of healthy adolescent sexual development by exploring age-appropriate behaviors and skills and how adults can support healthy development. Also available in Spanish

Best practices for engaging youth as partners in sexual violence prevention
A guide for adults and organizations for strength-based youth engagement. Also available in Spanish

Strategies for becoming an adult ally
A guide for adults and organizations on challenging adultism and supporting young people. Also available in Spanish

Safe Sex(uality): Talking about what you need and want
A trauma-informed sexuality resource for teens learning about boundaries and relationships. Also available in Spanish

Becoming an agent of social change: A guide for youth activists
A guide for youth on activism, healthy sexuality, and sexual violence prevention. Also available in Spanish

Resources from SAAM 2012 campaign provide an overview of healthy sexuality as sexual violence prevention. Use these tools to learn more about healthy sexuality and as a foundation to your campaign. The SAAM 2013 campaign focused on healthy childhood sexual development and sexual violence prevention. 

Campaign materials

Event planning guide
This events list provides descriptions of Sexual Assault Awareness Month events and activities. Activities are organized by event goal: awareness, fundraising, healing, community engagement, public policy, and sexual violence prevention. 

Social media toolkit 
This 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. 

How to create a campaign
This publication explains how to plan an effective prevention campaign for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. It outlines the planning process for social marketing campaigns that aim to change behaviors. 

This customizable proclamation allows communities, individuals and organizations to commit themselves to sexual violence prevention.

Proclamation for a healthy future
This proclamation focuses on healthy sexuality and young people. It allows communities, individuals and organizations to commit themselves to sexual violence prevention.

Letter to the Editor
This sample Letter to the Editor provides a template for a healthy adolescent sexual development themed letter for local or campus media outlets. This letter can be customized or used generically as a media advocacy tool during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. 

Tips for partnering with youth-serving organizations
This fact sheet offers suggestions for sexual assault centers to partner with youth-serving organizations to prevent child sexual abuse.  These recommendations can also be used by youth-serving organizations in their efforts to support the development of healthy, safe, and happy children and teens.

Prevention tips for medical professionals
This fact sheet provides information about sexual violence prevention and how health care professionals can assist victims and prevention efforts. 

Understanding sexual violence: Tips for parents and caregivers
This fact sheet provides information about sexual violence prevention and how parents and caregivers can play a role in responding to victims and promoting prevention.

For additional campaign planning tools and tips, join the conversation at the SAAM blog. To request a resource CD, join our mailing list by contacting Many resources are also available in Spanish