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May 16, 2018
Long runs outside, walking the dog, yoga, singing, journaling or any number of self-care activities offer a much needed break from life’s stressors. Most people are in need of a little self-care. Our mental health is just as important as our physical health as it's a critical part of our overall wellbeing. Survivors, those who work in the field, and those close to these individuals, can benefit greatly from a variety of resources that can help our overall mental health. In light of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, I wanted to share just a few self-care resources found in the NSVRC
May 15, 2018
We know one in six boys and one in four girls will be sexually assaulted before they turn 18 (Dube et al, 2005). Findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) also show that sexual violence is a very common experience in youth and that youth that experience sexual violence are more likely to be revictimized in adulthood (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], n.d.). Based on these statistics, you likely have interacted with a child that has experienced sexual abuse without knowing it.   Incorporating trauma-informed practices into your daily
May 04, 2018
Originally posted at on May 4, 2018. This April brought us the most powerful Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the 17-year history of the campaign. As the primary coordinator of all things SAAM for NSVRC, I was blown away at how many folks lifted up the message — embrace your voice — in communities around the country. In order to capture the scope of the campaign, we at NSVRC wanted to shine one final spotlight on the events, social media activism, and high-profile media engagement that made this year’s SAAM so successful. Of course, it would be impossible to capture how
Apr 27, 2018
This year, NSVRC is celebrating its 17th year coordinating the national campaign for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Yet this annual commemoration of SAAM during April to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it goes back decades. Not only does the history of SAAM date back long before NSVRC was founded, but activists and survivors advocating for change at the grassroots and community level have roots reaching as far back as the Civil Rights Era. Roots of a Movement Activism and mobilization to address sexual assault and violence against
Apr 26, 2018
Laura Palumbo National Sexual Violence Resource Center 877-739-3895, ext. April 26, 2018 Following the announcement of a guilty verdict in the criminal trial of comedian Bill Cosby, National Sexual Violence Resource Center Chief Public Affairs Officer Kristen Houser issued the following statement: “The Cosby verdict is a long-awaited and symbolic victory for many survivors of sexual violence.  It brings hope that justice can be served when victims are finally ready to enter the court system, that it is possible for the truth to be heard, even if it is years after the
Apr 26, 2018
Originally posted at on April 26, 2018 By Molly Boeder Harris, The Breathe Network “The doors to the world of the wild self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door.” — Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés Self-care is a concept that has become commonplace, if not cliché, and yet, it can elude so many of us. Caring for the self might seem basic, yet there can be several barriers to embarking upon this sometimes daunting endeavor. Many of us find ourselves challenged to establish regular patterns of care. However, life often interrupts routines, and our motivation to
Apr 17, 2018
Fear must not keep us from having bold conversations Fear limits our ability as sexual and domestic violence prevention advocates to address the roots of violence. It’s the fear of talking about racial inequity – saying the wrong thing or being called racist – and also fear of retaliation for wanting to talk about it. In turn, we can recreate these same inequities within organizations. This conversation is for everyone – we all need to work from the places we have privilege. Helping us along the way is a new report from The Center for Survivor Agency & Justice’s (CSAJ). Showing Up: How
Apr 17, 2018
Not only is April the time that we recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but it is also the month where we can expect torrents of rain. As I stare out the window wishing for the buckets of rain pouring down from the sky to cease immediately, I find comfort in reading about individuals who embraced their own voices to bravely stand up for themselves and others. The beauty that comes through in their words makes the dreariness outside a little more bearable. If you are looking for remarkable stories to inspire your 2018 SAAM campaign, I highly recommend the following.  Men Speak Out:
Apr 16, 2018
NSVRC is seeking to contract with a technical editor for Sexual Assault Response Team Toolkit. BACKGROUND The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) has been funded by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) to update and expand the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Toolkit that is an online resource for the sexual assault field, including advocates, law enforcement, medical professionals, prosecutors, and community based organizations. NSVRC provides information and tools to prevent and respond to sexual violence. NSVRC has published many materials translating research and
Apr 13, 2018
By Carol May, Communications Intern for NSVRC  A lot.  One person can make a tremendous difference, and countless people are making a difference, all over the country, every day.  I might have answered that question more cynically a few weeks ago. As an intern at the NSVRC, I come across countless news articles, facts and figures, and survivor stories, all of which demonstrate how commonplace sexual violence is in our society. The flood of information can make it feel like sexual violence might be impossible to bring to an end, given its prevalence.  One internship project I’ve been working