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NSVRC Blogs by Laura Palumbo

Laura Palumbo is Communications Director at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Laura works on strategic messaging, media engagement and educational materials to promote that prevention is possible. For seven years she had led NSVRC in developing materials for advocates, parents, youth and college students.

NSVRC is proud to be a main division of Respect Together along with our statewide partners at the Pennsylvania Coalition to Advance Respect (PCAR). Collectively, we look back on 2023 and share some key highlights and outcomes of our work this past year, 

Check out Respect Together's 2023 Year-End Review

Transitions mark pivotal moments that shape the trajectory of an organization. Today, we share with our esteemed Respect Together community a significant milestone in our journey – a moment of both reflection and anticipation.  

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. 

Respect Together, our new name, was identified and embraced following an extensive rebranding process that engaged the voices and insights of many of our state and national partners. The name, paired with our new tagline “United to end sexual abuse, assault, and harassment”, reflects our commitment to work together with a wide array of partners and allies – in Pennsylvania and across the United States – to disrupt the driving forces behind sexual violence to create and uphold safe, equitable communities with a culture of respect for all people. 

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

Support Survivors around the country for #SAAM2023

April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)! This year’s theme is “Drawing Connections: Prevention Demands Equity.” The campaign calls on all individuals, communities, organizations, and institutions to change ourselves and the systems surrounding us to build racial equity and respect.