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The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is the leading nonprofit in providing information and tools to prevent and respond to sexual violence. NSVRC translates research and trends into best practices that help individuals, communities and service providers achieve real and lasting change. The center also works with the media to promote informed reporting. Every April, NSVRC leads Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a campaign to educate and engage the public in addressing this widespread issue. NSVRC is also one of the three founding organizations of Raliance, a national, collaborative initiative dedicated to ending sexual violence in one generation.

NSVRC is committed to continuing the ongoing conversation about racial equity in the sexual violence movement. For the theme of this issue of The Resource, we emphasize that race, and all forms of oppression, are inextricably tied to sexual violence. Racial equity must be at the forefront of our efforts to respond to and prevent sexual harassment, assault, and abuse.

Guest blog post by Laura Lorenz, PhD, MEd and Diana Weggler, Photovoice Worldwide

Since 1992, Photovoice has been used by people all over the world as an action research tool to create positive change. A participatory visual approach using photographs and captions, Photovoice creates opportunities for people with valuable lived experience—referred to as co-researchers or co-creators—to have a voice in the decisions that affect their health, lives, and communities.

How can bias and discrimination impact survivors with developmental disabilities (DD) within the LGBTQIA+ community?

Survivors with DD within the LGBTQIA+ community often experience bias and discrimination which impacts their access to services. Too often, people do not understand or personally know individuals with disabilities or who are LGBTQIA+.

Below are some of the ways bias and discrimination plays a role in this issue or impacts survivors of sexual violence:

The Mental Health Landscape

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.

What is Language Access?

How powerful is the media in creating social norms?

What is the state of housing inequality in the United States?

How are acts of mass violence connected to white supremacy?

This Q&A page is meant for white audiences struggling to understand how issues of racism and sexual violence are connected, and why preventing sexual violence requires ending white supremacy culture. It also explains white people’s role in making these changes.


How is the sexual violence movement tied together with the movement to end racial injustice?

At its heart, doing the work of sexual violence prevention is: