This tip sheet for journalists includes best practices and story ideas for writing about sexual violence.

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine recently published research on the lifetime economic burden of rape among U.S. adults. These talking points discuss the findings as well as the importance of prevention efforts. 

This report highlights six state- and local-level approaches to evaluation and explores organizational and individual factors of evaluation capacity.

Image of Letter to the Editor TemplateThis sample proclamation allows individuals or organizations to commit to the prevention of sexual violence.

Image of Proclamation TemplateThis publication provides a template for bringing the prevention of sexual violence to the attention of local media outlets.

This research translation summarizes a national CDC survey from 2015 on sexual identity and health-related behaviors of high school students. The report found that students who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual face significant health disparities.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is a great opportunity to create a community-wide campaign and strengthen local partnerships and coalitions. Public education campaigns play an important role in changing social norms by sharing basic facts with members of the community. This guide contains steps for planning a successful campaign to inform and engage the public.

Cover image of Media Outreach packetThe National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is pleased to offer state coalitions, community rape crisis centers and other interested parties assistance in promoting the 2017 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign. This year’s theme, “Engaging New Voices,” provides an exciting opportunity to broaden our reach and engage the greater community in prevention efforts. We recognize the critical work that advocates, educators, and state coalitions do every day in providing victim services, managing important on-the-ground advocacy efforts, and cultivating and strengthening relationships with key stakeholders and media. The NSVRC also supports and encourages the diverse ways that the field commemorates SAAM. Therefore, this media toolkit is intended to serve as a template and guide from which you can utilize and tailor to bolster your individual unique efforts. Our hope is that these tools will help you drive media interest during SAAM to raise awareness and promote prevention.

Image of Social Media TookitYou can use social networking sites to engage online communities in sexual violence prevention. Social media tools can help spread awareness and advocate for social change. This toolkit offers guidance on how to best utilize the resources of this year’s campaign online. 

We can all use our voices to change the culture to prevent sexual violence. Prevention requires addressing the root causes and social norms that allow sexual violence to exist. This April, we're calling on groups whose influence can play a critical role in changing the culture. We’re strongest when we raise our voices together, and that’s why we’re engaging new groups in the movement. These groups can join us in helping the next generation foster attitudes that promote healthy relationships, equality, and respect. These new voices will have a ripple effect on those that they teach, guide, and influence.

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