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In June 2017, comedian Bill Cosby will stand trial for aggravated indecent assault of a woman in his Montgomery County home more than a decade ago. The attached fact sheet provides important context on sexual violence, including victim behavior and trauma, offender dynamics, and the use of drugs and alcohol to perpetrate sexual violence, to members of the media covering the trial and other interested parties.

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) announced today 32 recipients of its 2017 Visionary Voice Awards—a multidisciplinary group of honorees from across the nation selected for their outstanding work toward ending sexual violence.

As Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) kicks off, new research conducted by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center in partnership with YouGov reveals a strong level of awareness about what acts constitute sexual violence or assault among U.S. adults. Despite higher levels of awareness, men and young adults show lower levels of awareness across all categories of assault, underscoring the need for broader education and awareness around sexual violence.

Raliance, in partnership with The Close Up Foundation and It’s On Us, kicks off its ThisGEN Youth Summit in Washington, D.C. today, convening high school students from around the country to build collective power and voice in the fight to end gender-based violence. Eighty high school sophomores and juniors from 25 states and Washington, D.C. will engage in leadership and learning opportunities to explore efforts to stop gender-based violence. 

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, 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.

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR)/National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) considers racial justice critical to the movement to address and end sexual violence. We seek to uphold racial equality and oppose racism in all forms.

September 1, 2016
Laura Palumbo, Communications Director
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
877-739-3895, ext. 128;


Today, Kristen Houser, Chief Public Affairs Officer of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, released a statement on changing public perceptions of sexual assault.

On Sunday, stories from 35 of the 46 women who say they were sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby were featured in New York magazine. We applaud these women for coming forward and are thankful to New York magazine for telling their stories.