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Apr 02, 2021
At NSVRC, we are doing our best to serve you as we collectively face this difficult time of uncertainty. As our daily lives are dramatically shifting, it has never been more critical for us to be there for one another as together, we respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As we learn more about COVID-19, we are also learning about the ways it impacts our work to support survivors and create safer communities. We will continue to share information and tools to support the critical role of our partners and online community. Below are some key resources and recommendations on COVID
Mar 31, 2021
PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Supporters are invited to participate on social media and share a photo wearing teal on the April 6th Day of Action  Harrisburg, PA –The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) commemorates the start of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in April with their ‘We Can Build Safe Online Spaces’ campaign to highlight how to practice consent online and build respectful online communities. The internet has become the new public square where we connect with romantic partners, friends, family, co-workers and even strangers, and this year's campaign
Mar 24, 2021
What does preventing sexual violence look like in a pandemic? And how have people been adapting their work in light of the health inequities being revealed by COVID-19? These are the big questions we brought to the seven-episode COVID-19 and Health Equity series of NSVRC’s podcast Resource on the Go. The series consists of five interviews with people doing great prevention work in the pandemic. The interviewees recognize that the pandemic didn’t create health inequities but rather magnified them, and they’ve focused their work on the root causes of these inequities. They shared great insight
Mar 16, 2021
Nearly one in three women (30%) globally experience violence, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO). In this report, WHO provides global, regional, and national prevalence estimates for intimate partner violence as well as global and regional prevalence estimates for non-partner sexual violence against women. This is the first report of internationally comparable estimates for violence against women. The report analyzes prevalence data on violence against women aged 15 and up from surveys and studies conducted between 2000 and2018, drawing from 161 countries and
Mar 10, 2021
Throughout history, generations of girls and women have successfully challenged our culture, stereotypes, and conventional thinking to create a stronger, safer environment for generations to come. Although much work is still to be done, it is with honor that I feel free to write a blog about and share books in celebration of Women’s History Month. Working remotely has lent an opportunity for me to receive many fabulous books added to our collection. I have had the privilege of reviewing some really wonderful pieces highlighting women of color. I want to encourage everyone to search the NSVRC/
Feb 11, 2021
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). The themes for 2021 include love is respect’s “Know Your Worth” campaign, and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence’s (NRCDV) campaign “#1Thing.” Everyone is deserving of a healthy relationship, the Know Your Worth campaign is about learning about healthy relationships and self-empowerment. The #1Thing campaign is designed to meet people where they are by encouraging them to do one thing towards ending domestic violence. Collectively, #1Things can lead to social transformation. Teen dating violence includes
Jan 19, 2021
Many survivors of sexual assault, abuse, and harassment have needs related to housing. “Home” may not be a safe place for some survivors if the person who abused them is a household member, landlord, neighbor, or knows where they live. Others may need to find new housing to help heal from their experiences. Additionally, many people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity are at greater risk for experiencing sexual violence.  It is important that those providing sexual assault-related services and those providing housing services understand these connections and ensure that
Jan 07, 2021
NSVRC/PCAR Joint Statement on the Capitol Insurrection 1/6 Yesterday we saw events that demonstrate systemic racism, sexism, and the dangerous attitudes  and behaviors that undermine efforts to end sexual violence play out in real time. While  we respect the right to protest, which our Constitution guarantees, we condemn the use of  force and violence to stoke fear and silence those carrying out the process of an election  decided by the American people.  People in the U.S. and throughout the world — including survivors of sexual assault — watched  as a group of
Dec 21, 2020
The snow has fallen out here in the East Coast, and some find pure joy in it while others grumble at its very existence. The holidays are also upon us, which can bring added stress even during a “normal” year. During this time of strangeness and uncertainty, we could all use a little restart. I wanted to share some remarkable books with positive messages that will be sure to hit a number of age groups. Little ones will enjoy learning about Little Mole, while older kids and adults may find intrigue in the first woman who brought to life modern code-breaking. Others may find joy and hope in
Dec 16, 2020
One of the ways sexual assault is commonly misunderstood is how it impacts survivors across all facets of their lives. In the aftermath of sexual assault, survivors' needs go beyond immediate crisis counseling and medical care such as a forensic exam. Sexual harassment, assault, and abuse may directly impact whether a survivor has a place to live, access to transportation, or the ability to work, attend classes, or support themselves financially.  Most often the focus is on emotional, psychological, and physical impacts of sexual assault, but the basic needs of food, water, and shelter