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Mar 28, 2024
Supporters are invited to participate on social media and share a photo wearing teal on the April 2nd “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 “Building Connected Communities” campaign. The campaign uplifts the role of inclusive, equitable, and connected communities in reducing sexual abuse, assault, and harassment. Community is an integral part of all our lives, and the health and well-being of our communities shape our lives. During this month-long campaign, NSVRC
Mar 18, 2024
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is a time for survivors, advocates, and allies to come together, spread awareness, and promote the prevention of sexual violence. This year, our campaign “Building Connected Communities” emphasizes that creating environments free of sexual violence is only possible when we approach the issue on a community level. College campuses are an excellent place to commemorate SAAM as it is an opportunity to transform campus culture and increase awareness about sexual violence. Faculty, professors, Title IX offices, public safety, student media, and everyday
Mar 06, 2024
Safe, affordable, and stable housing is an important protective factor against both sexual violence perpetration and victimization. Housing instability can affect anyone in our community, but especially those who have had trauma or violence as part of their life history. In 2023, alongside the continued global pandemic, the U.S. witnessed a troubling increase in rates of homelessness and housing insecurity. Economic instability faced further pressure due the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to job loss, wage stagnation, and rising living costs. In a recent report,
Feb 13, 2024
El mes de concientización sobre la agresión sexual (SAAM) resalta el hecho de que la violencia sexual es un asunto generalizado y afecta a todas las personas en la comunidad. SAAM busca concientizar a la población acerca de la violencia sexual e informar a las comunidades sobre cómo prevenirla. El tema central del mes de concientización sobre la agresión sexual 2024 es "Estableciendo comunidades conectadas", una campaña que nos ayuda a disminuir la probabilidad de que ocurran incidentes de abuso, agresión y acoso sexual en nuestras comunidades. Debemos esforzarnos por crear comunidades
Feb 07, 2024
Disclaimer: We use "Deepfake pornography" as a term to describe a form of image-based sexual abuse. Not all forms of pornography are consensually made, and all non-consensually made/distributed pornography is a sexual violation that has no place on the internet.   Taylor Swift is one of the most famous and influential women on the planet. Her music has reached many people around the globe, particularly girls and women. Her high-profile status has recently opened up a much-needed public conversation about about how AI and image-based sexual abuse disproportionately impacts and harms women
Feb 01, 2024
NSVRC is proud to be a main division of Respect Together along with our statewide partners at the Pennsylvania Coalition to Advance Respect (PCAR). Collectively, we look back on 2023 and share some key highlights and outcomes of our work this past year,  Check out Respect Together's 2023 Year-End Review
Jan 23, 2024
These four episodes are part of a series on housing for prevention that we co-created with the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. Our organizations collaborate on an initiative that supports advocates in meeting the housing needs of survivors. And, in reflecting on that work together, we became eager to talk about the ways that housing is also a tool for preventing violence.   Housing for Prevention: Rebekah Moses in conversation with Mel Pasignajen In this episode of our Housing for Prevention series, Rebekah Moses with GBV Consulting talks with Mel Pasignajen about
Jan 11, 2024
Last year was an exciting year for NSVRC, but particularly for our NSVRC podcast series! With almost 12,000 listeners this past year, we are excited to see that our conversations are continuing to be heard and shared. We look forward to continuing these meaningful conversations with you throughout 2024. Check out the top 12 podcasts you listened to in 2023!    Sex Ed: Teaching Porn Literacy   In the second episode of our Sex Ed series, NSVRC’s Jen Grove talks with Boston University School of Public Health professor Dr. Emily Rothman about what it means to be porn literate and
Dec 18, 2023
Transitions mark pivotal moments that shape the trajectory of an organization. Today, we share with our esteemed Respect Together community a significant milestone in our journey – a moment of both reflection and anticipation.   After an extraordinary 20-year tenure marked by innovation, passion, and unwavering dedication, our distinguished CEO, Karen Baker, will embark on a well-deserved retirement. As we bid farewell to Karen, we celebrate the profound impact she has had on Respect Together, a legacy that we know will continue to shape our organization and the global movement to end
Dec 11, 2023
Longtime Harrisburg local and community activist takes the helm of leading national anti-violence organization based in Central PA HARRISBURG, PA – Respect Together, formerly the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, has announced Yolanda Edrington will step in as CEO of one of the longest-standing anti-sexual violence organizations in the country. Edrington will replace CEO Karen Baker on December 18, as Baker will retire after over two decades as a leader in the statewide and national nonprofit.  For the past six years, Edrington has served as the Chief Operating Officer and Director