April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and this year’s campaign theme is “Embrace Your Voice.” This theme builds on the idea that how you talk about sexual violence matters. Individuals can embrace their voices to show their support for survivors, stand up to victim blaming, shut down rape jokes, correct harmful misconceptions, promote everyday consent, and practice healthy communications with children. The Worcester chapter of the National Organization for Women will bring the theme to life by hosting an education and advocacy forum. Speakers will include representatives from Pathways for Change, one of the first rape crisis centers to be established in Massachusetts, and Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, as well as Representative Natalie Higgins of Leominster. Participants will be given the opportunity to advocate for legislation that would ensure that sex education includes education about consent and sexual harassment and assault, and legislation that would remove archaic laws that limit women’s reproductive freedom. Participants will also be invited to share ways they have advocated against sexual assault and harassment, and share their vision for gender equality.
The 2009 AIUSA Annual General Meeting (AGM)
The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention serves as the national resource center for institutions of higher education concerned with reducing alcohol, other drug use and violence. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, with supplemental funding from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Center helps campuses and the communities in which they’re situated develop and sustain safe, healthy, and learning conducive environments. They provide training, technical assistance, publications, and other information to assist colleges and universities in developing, implementing and evaluating prevention programs and policies.
The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) unites the Center for Research on Women and the Stone Center for Developmental Services and Studies in an interdisciplinary community of scholars engaged in research, training, analysis and action. The Wellesley Centers for Women is home to the Women’s Rights Network, the National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center and projects on family violence and on sexual harassment in schools.
STOP IT NOW!, a national nonprofit organization, created a ground-breaking public health approach to prevent the perpetration of child sexual abuse. Since 1992, Stop It Now!’s public policy, public education, and research programs have protected our children by emphasizing adult and community responsibility. These programs reach out to adults who are concerned about inappropriate sexualized behavior in another adult, adolescent, or child, and to adults who are concerned about their own thoughts or behaviors. Stop It Now! established the first helpline (1-888-PREVENT) available for individuals and families to call for support and access to resources in a confidential setting.