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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 14, 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
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
Nov 23, 2020
With the holiday season coming up, and a new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic spreading, it’s an important time to talk about setting boundaries with loved ones. The ways in which holiday and family traditions must change this year is a loss that each of us is coping with differently. The pandemic has made the role of boundaries in our daily lives and relationships more tangible than ever — properly wearing a mask, maintaining a six-foot distance from others, canceling in-person activities, and avoiding groups and public places. Each of us is making decisions on a daily basis to
Nov 13, 2020
Since our opening in 2000, NSVRC has served as a hub for advocates, researchers, and educators who are on the frontlines to support survivors and build communities free of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. Twenty years later, we continue to offer the latest resources on preventing sexual violence through services like our library's continually growing collection of 47,000 resources, free online courses on sexual assault advocacy, and our new podcast, Resource on the Go. We know that our mission could not see progress without the contributions and actions of countless individuals,
Nov 05, 2020
For many of us, uncertainty and a lack of control trigger feelings of unsafety. Yet in the face of multiple pandemics and an explosive political season, these difficult emotions are an all too familiar baseline. More so, when we are surrounded by escalating risks and panic — ranging from fear for the health of ourselves and loved ones, financial uncertainty, and social unrest — it becomes increasingly difficult to be fully aware of the toll of these threats to the safety of our health, financial well-being, and community on our bodies and minds.  For anyone with a trauma history,
Oct 29, 2020
By December Lange Treacy, MS Assistant Project Director and Program Evaluator at STEPs at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Support and Training for the Evaluation of Programs (STEPs) evaluates the Rape Prevention & Education (RPE) program in Nebraska, which is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The contents of this post are solely the responsibility of the author and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services. Recently, a prevention educator and I were
Sep 28, 2020
In the library world, we believe in the right to read and the freedom to choose what we want to read. Banned Books Week (September 27th— October 3rd) brings together those working in the world of books and literacy under a common goal: the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those that might be unorthodox or unpopular. Within the 10 most challenged books of 2019, I can proudly say that the NSVRC/PCAR library collections hold five of those books in our collections. George by Alex Gino tells the story of George, a girl whose sex was assigned male at birth. George thinks she’ll have