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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. 

Movie screenings are a relatively easy way to get folks engaged in a dialogue about sexual violence. It doesn't take a huge team of volunteers to pull off either. Simply connect with your local movie theater and see if they'd be interested in the idea of hosting a screening in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. After you've found a location to hold your screening, there are some other things you'll want to consider such as how to promote your event and how to make the most of the screening.

Licensing Fees

By Fiona Burke, Communications Intern for NSVRC

College is a great time to get involved in social movements; you’re surrounded by passionate young people and have access to lots of free campus resources. It’s particularly important for college students to become active in the fight against sexual violence since campus assault is such a widespread problem. 

By Fiona Burke, Communications Intern for NSVRC 

There are lots of different ways to spread awareness about sexual violence prevention this April. Whether you already work for an organization that participates in Sexual Assault Awareness Month or you’re an individual looking for ways to engage your community, these seven simple ideas can help spread awareness and promote healing for survivors. 

Awareness Table

By Fiona Burke, Communications Intern for NSVRC 

If you’re not usually the person at the forefront of community movements or events, the idea of being in a leadership position can be daunting. But planning a captivating Sexual Assault Awareness Month in your community calls for engaging volunteers in the planning process — and for someone to lead them. 

By Fiona Burke, Communications Intern for NSVRC with contributions from Susan Sullivan, Prevention Campaign Specialist for NSVRC
  Planning a community event with a small budget can be a challenge, but limited resources don’t have to be an obstacle to participating in Sexual Assault Awareness Month. A small budget just calls for getting crafty and creative!   This list of suggestions and resources offers ways around spending large quantities of money on basic event-planning necessities.

Get your gears turning for Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2018 with this list of rock star SAAM events from across the country (and one even outside of it!). We checked in with event coordinators to learn about their planning process asked them their advice for first-time SAAM event planners.

Check out the events below, then go forth and plan your own captivating campaign!

Christiana at The Women's Center, Inc. in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.

Every April in communities throughout the U.S., motivated individuals with a passion for sexual violence prevention take part in Sexual Assault Awareness Month, or SAAM. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it.

While one month alone isn’t enough to solve the serious and widespread issue of sexual violence, the attention that SAAM generates in April is an opportunity to energize and expand prevention efforts throughout the year.