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Apr 04, 2020
Heading into April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign, some communities and campuses are responding to the current outbreak of COVID-19 by discouraging public gatherings or closing their doors entirely. SAAM is a pivotal time for local rape crisis centers and other service providers to show their support for survivors, educate community members about consent, fundraise, and raise visibility about their services in their community.   How has COVID-19 Impacted Your SAAM Events? Tell us in this short survey. Given the value of SAAM to these organizations and to survivors of sexual
Apr 03, 2020
Stop It Now! operates a Helpline to provide confidential and free support, information, and guidance to any adult seeking help in preventing child sexual abuse. Since launching our Helpline in 1995, we have helped more than 23,000 adults via phone, email, letters, and chat. Our Helpline recently received an email from a man looking for help because his wife was upset that he frequently — and by his report subconsciously — put his hands down his pants. His wife was particularly concerned by this behavior in front of their children. Both he and his wife are survivors of sexual abuse, and his
Apr 02, 2020
Every 73 seconds, someone is sexually assaulted in the U.S., which means it’s likely that you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence. Talking about sexual assault is hard. For many survivors, the reaction of the first person they disclose to, often a friend or family member, can have a huge effect on their healing process. That’s why during this Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, here at RAINN, we’re focusing on the critical role that loved ones play in supporting survivors and their healing. The free and confidential National Sexual Assault Hotline, which RAINN runs
Apr 01, 2020
By Laura Palumbo and Megan Thomas Living in the digital age has taken on a whole new meaning as we collectively navigate a crucial need for social isolation in the face of a global pandemic. Although the impact of social distancing looks different for everyone, for most of us, daily life has changed in a fundamental way. Still, our lives are not on hold. In these difficult and uncertain times, physical distance has not changed our inherent connectedness. Relationships, community, and society have not gone away. Now more than ever, individuals of all ages are relying on technology, devices,
Mar 31, 2020
PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Supporters are invited to participate on social media and share a photo wearing teal on the Day of Action on April 7th Harrisburg, PA –The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) commemorates the start of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in April with their ‘I Ask’ campaign to highlight how to practice consent online and in everyday life. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are interacting online and via technology, and this year's campaign is raising awareness that consent is essential in all interactions, whether face-to-face or
Mar 25, 2020
At the age of six, I went door to door in my small rural community with my mother as she sat down with our neighbors (and their pets) to help them complete the U.S. census. Twenty years later, I held a temporary position working in the basement of an old mill building performing quality assurance checks over the phone with citizens who had submitted their census information. Working as a research assistant at a rape crisis center, and now as the evaluation coordinator at NSVRC, I use census data to write grant proposals, conduct community needs assessments, and evaluate the effectiveness of
Mar 24, 2020
Emily May, Executive Director of Hollaback!, taking a meeting at home with her young coworkers. 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
Mar 23, 2020
Every once in a while, a resource we release makes a big splash – and that was the case with our Risk and Protective Factors Infographic. It was intended to be an online-only resource, but we quickly realized we needed to make print copies available to keep up with all the requests. Why was it so popular? Well, a lot of reasons, I think - we created it with a lot of community input, had a great designer, and we linked together some important aspects of our work in a way that is easy to understand. This infographic shows the connections between risk and protective factors, social determinants
Mar 11, 2020
I was really excited when my coworker sent me our newest resource to read – the Social Determinants of Health Annotated Bibliography. Then I started reading it, and… Can I be honest with you? I felt overwhelmed. I feel like it’s a tricky balance for anyone doing this work – we want to be informed of all the latest research and findings about how to prevent sexual harassment, assault, and abuse and create healthy communities. But it can be just plain hard  (if not triggering) to dig into all of the information that details how people are being hurt – not just by other people, but by
Mar 10, 2020
There are many women we celebrate during the month of March, as the country as a whole recognizes Women’s History Month. There are so many fabulous stories held within the NSVRC/PCAR Libraries highlighting brave and courageous women who have made our lives better through the sacrifices they’ve made. This month, I want to share three inspirational children’s books. These books highlight three different women who, through stories of triumph of their own, have made it possible for other generations to have a more enriching life because of their blood, sweat, and tears. Gloria’s Voice: The Story