April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Visit our Information page to learn more about sexual assault: http://ncsafespace.org/sexual-assault/
Sexual assault awareness Month at a Glance
• In the United States, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).
• The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it.
• This year, SAAM is celebrating its 17th anniversary with the theme “Embrace Your Voice” to inform individuals on how they can use their words to promote safety, respect, and equality to stop sexual violence before it happens.
• 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.
• We know that one month isn’t enough to solve the serious and widespread issue of sexual violence. However, the attention April generates is an opportunity to energize and expand prevention efforts throughout the year.
• The good news is that prevention is possible, and it’s happening.
— Individuals, communities, and the private sector are already successfully combating the risk of sexual violence through conversations, programs, policies, and research-based tools that promote safety, respect, and equality.
— By promoting safe behaviors, thoughtful policies, and healthy relationships, we can create safe and equitable communities where every person is treated with respect.
• We are in a watershed moment.
— With the country focused on this very important issue, we have an unprecedented opportunity to improve understanding and change behaviors. The time to rally communities and the broader public is now.
What you can do!
Post about it! #SAAM and #NCSafeSpace
Use the resources available at https://www.nsvrc.org/saam
Use the information in the PDFs below
Use the color teal and the teal ribbon!
Teal is the official color of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The teal ribbon is the symbol of sexual violence prevention.