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.

These documents detail the #30DaysofSAAM Instagram Contest promoted by the NSVRC for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in 2017.

The Sexual Assault Awareness Month Event Planning Guide is a resource to help plan effective SAAM campaigns in your community.

The Sexual Assault Awareness Month Campaign Planning Guide is a resource to help create a community-wide SAAM campaign.

The Fall/Winter 2016 edition of The Resource includes:

Director’s Viewpoint: Karen Baker, NSVRC Director, discusses the steps the movement is taking, from the launch of Raliance to the new documentary Audrie & Daisy.

Raliance launch: New collaborative initiative Raliance writes about their goal of ending sexual violence in one generation.

Audrie & Daisy focuses on early education: In a Q&A, co-director of Audrie & Daisy Bonni Cohen shares the film’s impact and talks about the importance of early education in sexual violence prevention.

Collaborating to end the sexual abuse to prison pipeline: The National Organization for Women shares their plan for ending the sexual abuse to prison pipeline that disproportionately affects young women of color and transgender youth.

Member centers in Connecticut create K-12 prevention programs: One Connecticut center shares lessons learned when developing prevention curricula for K-12 schools.

This issue also includes a look back at the first year of PreventConnect Campus, a sneak peek at Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2017, and a recognition of the Multilingual Access Project Advisory.

Do you have an idea for a future story? Send your ideas to resources@nsvrc.org with the subject line “Resource Story Idea.”

The Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative (SADI) was created to enhance sexual assault outreach, services, and community partnerships in dual/multi-­‐service programs. Six sites across the nation engaged in a four-­‐year process of assessment, planning, and implementation of new and enhanced services and organizational capacity building. The Final Report provides concrete lessons learned and recommendations for funders, technical assistance providers, and dual/multi-­‐service programs.

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