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During April 2018, campuses throughout the country hosted a variety of events to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We checked in with the hard-working planners of these events to learn more about the goals of their events, their planning process, and lessons learned for next time. The organizers shared how worthwhile the hours of planning were in helping to create a meaningful impact in their campus community. Organizers also shared invaluable advice for those who are planning events in 2019.

This past April, communities around the country recognized Sexual Assault Awareness Month in many different ways. We reached out to organizers to learn more about what goes into planning an effective SAAM event. 

Tamara with Rara Rocks in Stockton, California

The #MeToo movement has confirmed what those of us doing anti-sexual violence work have known for years — that sexual violence is prevalent, it can happen to anyone, and the impact on survivors is long-lasting. For the general public, however, this information has been a wake-up call that has left many wondering what can be done to prevent another #MeToo story. 

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

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. 

Are you searching for a way to get creative with your activism? Look no further than NSVRC’s #30DaysofSAAM Instagram contest! The contest is an opportunity for individuals and organizations to participate in Sexual Assault Awareness Month throughout April in an engaging and meaningful way. 

Workplaces are important aspects of our society – places with cultures of their own that can play a large role in promoting healthy communities for both employees and those who patronize the business. And with the #MeToo movement shining a light on the prevalence of workplace sexual harassment, there has never been a better time for workplaces to get involved in Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

We've got you covered for all your Sexual Assault Awareness Month planning needs! We've rounded up some of the new resources available for April 2018 — from informational tools to inspirational shirts, stickers, and more — and offer suggestions on how to best utilize them. 

By Fiona Burke, Communications Intern for NSVRC

This year’s SAAM theme is “Embrace Your Voice.” While some groups may have tried-and-true annual events, others may be looking for a fresh idea that ties into the 2018 campaign theme. 

Here are some suggestions for events that will help you embrace your voice!

Karaoke fundraiser night

By Fiona Burke, Communications Intern for NSVRC

The fast pace of social media and the constant flow of information makes getting noticed and remembered difficult to do. With work and the right tools, however, social media is a great way of getting people to join your SAAM campaign and attend events. 

The suggestions below are specific to event organizers -- we'll provide specific ways that individuals can get involved online during SAAM in an upcoming blog.