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Jun 18, 2024
June 2024 is Pride Month, an annual event meant to celebrate the impact of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. Pride Month draws from a long tradition of LGBTQ activism, such as the Reminder Day Pickets in 1960s Philadelphia and the first Pride Marches held across the U.S. on June 18th, 1970 to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. In an era in which LGBTQ rights have come under fresh attack in sports, schools, and legislatures, Pride is more important than ever. Pride Month is an opportune time for the anti-sexual violence field to reflect on how it can best
May 15, 2024
The Department of Health and Human Services (the Department), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), recently published new guidance on informed consent from patients in medical settings, with special emphasis on particularly sensitive procedures or those including anesthesia. This is an important precedent to signal larger movements of change in the healthcare industry, as well as make  cultures of consent standard across the board. Full consent is not just signing the forms and saying “yes” or “no” to a procedure- it’s understanding the full extent of every
May 07, 2024
Contacto para los medios: Laura Palumbo 877-739-3895 ext. 128; media@respecttogether.org   En nombre de todos los sobrevivientes, lamentamos la decisión tomada hoy por la Corte de Apelaciones de Nueva York, la cual anuló por 4 a 3 la condena de Harvey Weinstein en 2020 por delitos sexuales graves. Esta decisión refleja los enormes desafíos a los que se enfrentan las sobrevivientes a la hora de obtener justicia a través del sistema de justicia criminal. Asimismo, muestra lo difícil que resulta exigir que las personas que cometen abusos, agresiones y acoso sexuales rindan cuentas de
May 01, 2024
We have talked about how to use evaluation for good, but we want to expand that conversation to talk about how evaluation, if approached through a social justice lens, can help to build community. First, let’s think about why folks evaluate their programs in the first place. Sometimes it is just because it is a requirement; but in our evaluation toolkit, we share how evaluation can help support prevention by: measuring the change we seek to create in the world,  helping us see where we are doing well and where we need to make improvements, telling the story of our work, informing strategic
Apr 25, 2024
Media contact: Laura Palumbo 877-739-3895 ext. 128; media@respecttogether.org   We are disheartened on behalf of all survivors following the 4-3 decision today by the New York Court of Appeals overturning Harvey Weinstein’s 2020 conviction on felony sex crime charges.   This decision reflects the vast challenges survivors face in seeking justice through the criminal legal system. It underscores how elusive accountability is for people who commit sexual abuse, assault, and harassment. This is especially true when people who commit abuse are in a position of power, with
Apr 22, 2024
Longtime advocate and subject matter expert on the prevention of sexual abuse, assault, and harassment will lead the National Sexual Violence Resource Center HARRISBURG, PA—The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) announced today that Jennifer Grove will be the new Chief Operating Officer of Respect Together's national division, NSVRC. Grove will replace former NSVRC COO Yolanda Edrington, who was named Chief Executive Officer of Respect Together last December.  Formerly NSVRC’s Prevention Director, Grove has led the organization’s national prevention work for nearly two
Apr 18, 2024
Support Survivors around the country for #SAAM2024 April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)! This year's theme is "Building Connected Communities." The campaign uplifts the role of inclusive, equitable, and connected communities in reducing sexual abuse, assault, and harassment.   Last year, we hosted the first SAAM Day of Giving and deeply appreciated our community's generous support. This year, in honor of #SAAM2024, we are hosting the SAAM Day of Giving again. NSVRC, as a primary division of Respect Together, is working to disrupt the driving forces behind sexual violence to
Apr 16, 2024
Honorees include advocates, journalists, survivors, lawmakers, and more HARRISBURG, PA – The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) announced today 28 recipients of its 2024 Visionary Voice Awards. These honorees represent a wide range of disciplines from across the country and were selected for their outstanding work toward preventing sexual abuse, assault, and harassment. This year’s recipients include Rachel de Leon, an Emmy-winning reporter and producer whose Netflix documentary Victim/Suspect explores how survivors report to police only to be charged with false reporting;
Apr 15, 2024
As we reflect on the #SAAM2024 theme, we recognize that to build connected communities we must work in solidarity with others. Here is a sneak peek at data from NSVRC’s 2024 National Strengths and Needs Assessment. Organizations working to prevent sexual violence at the community-level must learn what issues are important to community members and find ways to partner with others to address connected needs. Prevention research highlights the potential for prevention strategies and approaches that address multiple forms of violence (Dills et al., 2019). We have seen some notable changes in how
Apr 15, 2024
By Emma Halper, Joan Tabachnick, and Rachel King   Where is the guidance for conversations about concerning sexual behavior among college students? Where are the conversations about a wide range of sexual behaviors, intentions, motivations, and situations? While there are no easy answers to such complex student interactions, there is a piece of the puzzle that has been missing from our conversations. This new NSVRC resource Let’s Talk dives into these complex situations and offers concrete information about how to talk to a friend or peer when you are concerned about their behaviors. It