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Longtime Harrisburg local and community activist takes the helm of leading national anti-violence organization based in Central PA

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) was awarded $500,000 as one of two Sexual Assault Capacity Building Centers that will work to improve trauma-informed, developmentally sensitive, and culturally relevant services for survivors of dating violence, domestic violence, and sexual assault nationwide.

HARRISBURG, PA – The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and the Association for the Treatment and Prevention of Sexual Abuse (ATSA) are pleased to honor JAC Patrissi with the 2023 Gail-Burns Smith Award. Patrissi, who is the Principal and Founder of Growing a New Heart and Co-Founder of A Call For Change, will receive the award during the 2023 National Sexual Assault Conference®. 

Today Respect Together, a new brand uniting nationwide efforts to end sexual abuse, assault, and harassment, was announced. Respect Together unites under one name the continuing operation of its two major divisions – the re-named Pennsylvania Coalition to Advance Respect (PCAR), focusing on advocacy in Pennsylvania, and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), which provides resources and prevention strategies at the national level. 

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.


Supporters are invited to participate on social media and share a photo wearing teal on the April 4th Day of Action

Harrisburg, PA — SAAM 2023 planning is well underway, and we are excited to announce our upcoming theme in the coming weeks. As we prepare, we also recognize the significance of violence prevention campaigns taking place in the now. Each year, in October, advocates, survivors and supporters recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).


PCAR/NSVRC are proud to honor Juneteenth.

Juneteenth recognizes the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. The day officially became a federal holiday on June 17, 2021.