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Apr 19, 2023
Honorees include advocates, leaders, survivors, lawmakers, and more HARRISBURG, PA – The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) announced today 24 recipients of its 2023 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 harassment, misconduct and abuse. This year’s recipients include Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who has been a longtime supporter of sexual violence prevention organization Day One; Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives Task Force of
Apr 18, 2023
Trigger Warning: Detailed Descriptions of Sexual Assault, Rape, Child Sexual Abuse, Antisemitism, White Supremacy, Forced Sterilization, Forced Abortion, Murder, Genocide, and Violence.  A note to readers: This April 17-18th marks the observance of Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). This day, signified on the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, is commemorated by Jewish communities around the world and honors victims of the Holocaust by remembering the unfathomable crimes and atrocities committed. This blog specifically examines sexual violence and the many structured,
Mar 31, 2023
Toolkit Libraries Issues -  FrameWorks Institute Since 1999, FrameWorks has studied how people think and talk about numerous social issues – and how communications can spark change. They host a library of toolkits on 18 different justice topics.    Explore the Toolkit Library- Racial Equity  With over 4,000 resources to search from, Racial Equity offers tools, research, tips, curricula, and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working for racial justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities, and the culture at
Mar 30, 2023
PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Supporters are invited to participate on social media and share a photo wearing teal on the April 4th 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 “Drawing Connections: Prevention Demands Equity” campaign. This campaign calls on all individuals, communities, organizations, and institutions to endeavor to build a foundation of racial equity and respect.  As those invested in sexual violence prevention work towards a future without
Mar 29, 2023
Support Survivors around the country for #SAAM2023 April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)! This year’s theme is “Drawing Connections: Prevention Demands Equity.” The campaign calls on all individuals, communities, organizations, and institutions to change ourselves and the systems surrounding us to build racial equity and respect.  This year in honor of #SAAM2023 we are hosting our very first SAAM Day of Giving. NSVRC and our founding organization PCAR envision a word free from sexual harassment, assault, and abuse. We are counting on everyone to support our mission to eliminate
Mar 23, 2023
The Mental Health Landscape Mental health is largely not discussed in the workplace , despite the fact that many adults face mental health struggles. In 2020, 6% of US adults (14.8 million) “had at least one major depressive episode with severe impairment in the past year.” Depression does not always, but can, stem from a response to trauma with up to 51% of sexual assault victims meeting the criteria for depression.” Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can also develop as a result of trauma, with 75% of sexual assault survivors developing it one month after their assault. It is
Mar 23, 2023
This list does not include all the terms and definitions related to systems that maintain unearned privileges and unjust oppressions. As we work towards a future without sexual violence, advocates, survivors, and communities must respond to a complex reality that center the needs of those most impacted by systemic oppression. This list is to support ongoing mutual learning.   Anti- Oppression refers to actions that seek to provide equitable approaches and practices to mitigate the effects of racism, ableism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, and classism. Barrier 
Mar 15, 2023
Every April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month calls attention to the fact that sexual harassment, assault, and abuse are widespread and impact every person in the community. SAAM aims to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it.  The theme of Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2023 is “Drawing Connections: Prevention Demands Equity.” The campaign calls on all individuals, communities, organizations, and institutions to change ourselves and the systems surrounding us to build racial equity and respect.  Systems of oppression such as racism,
Mar 14, 2023
Given that our SAAM 2023 theme is all about drawing connections, it’s vital to reflect on one of the most important connections we can make-the one with ourselves. The path to healing is a complex journey. Therapeutic outlets are one of the most common ways survivors of trauma express, process, and find closure in their lives. Although therapy and counseling are becoming increasingly common, the sheer number of options available can be overwhelming-especially when one is at the start of their healing journey. While there are still many barriers to accessing mental health and therapeutic
Mar 08, 2023
What is Transphobia? Transphobia “is the hatred of transgender people… typically accompanied by the belief that trans people don’t deserve respect or rights.” It can encompass fear or hatred towards transgender people, or the belief or idea that transgender people aren’t real or are somehow not valid in their own identity. Transphobia is deeply institutionalized and causes direct harm and loss of life for transgender people.   Transphobia shows up as a range of behaviors that make it difficult for trans people “to live openly and comfortably in society.” These include, but are not