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by Maria Jirau-Torres, MA, Language Access Coordinator for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Today, Raliance announced the recipients of 14 grants totaling more than $600,000 that will fund novel efforts across the U.S. to prevent sexual assault. This is the second round of an ongoing grant program that seeks to advance promising practices or policies that improve the response to victims, reduce the likelihood of perpetration of sexual violence, or strengthen communities’ capacity to create safe environments.

Raliance has a bold mission to end sexual violence in one generation. This mission asks each of us to commit to changing the conversation about sexual violence, build safer environments, and advance a culture that values equality and respect.

Raliance, in partnership with The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, announces the launch of the The RALLYs awards to honor the highest level of journalistic achievement in covering sexual violence. Together these national leaders recognize the importance of sexual violence reporting and the critical role journalists play in educating the public on this widespread, but preventable, issue.

Celia’s story is vividly captured in Celia, a slave, by Melton A. McLaurin.

By Ali Mailen Perrotto, Contract Liaison for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape

By Venus Malave, IT Support Specialist for Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the Nation Sexual Violence Resource Center

By Suzanne Estrella, Staff Attorney at the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape