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Embrace Your Voice During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise awareness about sexual violence and teach individuals how to prevent it in their communities. This year’s theme is Embrace Your Voice.

Social Media Awareness

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) has created opportunities to share awareness messages on social media. They offer an easy-to-follow social media toolkit, free graphics and more. Take advantage of their materials or create your own and share them as the month goes on.

Social media provides an easy opportunity for calls to action to your community—asking people to donate, get involved or spread the word. Change your organization’s profile picture and cover photos on your social media sites, and encourage others to do the same. NSVRC offers stock rotator, profile and cover photos, a teal filter for Facebook profile pictures, and 30 Days of SAAM Instagram contest. Share statistics about sexual assault in your community, state and nation; reference and use the information in MCADSV stat sheets. The official hashtag for the month is #SAAM.

Days of Interest

April 3rd is a Day of Action. Wear teal and use the #SAAM hashtag to share calls to action, events, and other efforts; 

April 8-14th is International Anti-Street Harassment (#EndSH) and National Crime Victims’ Rights (#NCVRW2018) Week;

April 25th is Denim Day (#DenimDay). Encourage your followers in advance to register and wear jeans on this day. 

Sample Social Media Posts

We embrace our voice at [YOUR ORGANIZATION] by [highlight event, advocacy or signature project] #SAAM. 

(Day of Action) Today, we wear teal to raise awareness about #SAAM and to stand against rape & abuse in Missouri.

(Denim Day) We wear denim to challenge misconceptions about rape. #DenimDay #SAAM 

How can you help end rape and abuse in MO this #SAAM and every day? Believe survivors, offer support, and embrace your voice!

Online Resources

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) www.nsvrc.org

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center collects and distributes information and resources on various aspects of sexual violence prevention and intervention. The NSVRC coordinates national Sexual Assault Awareness Month initiatives, and its 2018 SAAM campaign is available for download on its website.

National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) www.endsexualviolence.org

The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence maintains relationships with anti-violence organizations and focuses on public policy and public education to end sexual violence. NAESV’s website features information about legislative priorities and outlines pertinent federal legislation.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) www.rainn.org

The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (1-800-656-HOPE). Callers are connected automatically to their local rape crisis centers for counseling. If all counselors at that center are busy, the call is sent to the next closest center.

Men Can Stop Rape www.mencanstoprape.org

Men Can Stop Rape organizes male youth to prevent men’s violence against women through awareness-to-action education and community organizing. Men Can Stop Rape seeks to increase men’s involvement as allies with women in challenging sexism and preventing rape and other forms of men’s violence. The group promotes gender equity; it redefines what it means to be a man by building young men’s capacity to be strong and empowered without overpowering others or resorting to violence. Their website features information on their public awareness campaigns.

NO MORE www.nomore.org

NO MORE is a unifying symbol and movement to raise public awareness and engage bystanders around ending domestic violence and sexual assault. It aims to drive awareness and break down the barriers of stigma, silence and shame that keep people from talking about these issues and taking action to prevent them.

 

Image courtesy of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center

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