Sexual assault is any nonconsensual sexual act proscribed by Federal, tribal, or State law, including when the victim lacks capacity to consent. April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to bringing greater awareness to sexual assault; however, we encourage you to promote awareness all year round. This page has resources and tools, ideas to promote awareness in your community, and OVW-funded events and webinars on sexual assault.
All year round, you can share information about domestic violence. Below you will find ideas and tips to promote awareness in your community. We also encourage you to share with us how you promote awareness by clicking the "share your ideas" button.
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EVAW International's Templates and Graphics to Spread the Start by Believing Message
Do you support the Start by Believing philosophy but are not sure how to bring awareness to the cause and keep the momentum going?
End Violence Against Women International's Start by Believing Action Kits
Are you ready to Start by Believing, but you aren’t sure where to begin? Here is a step-by-step guide to help you take action.
Step 1: The first step is to make a personal pledge. It starts with you! Join nearly 9,000 others who have already taken the pledge.
Step 2: The next step is to speak out. Victim-centered and trauma-informed responses like Start by Believing need your support. Sign our petition to help v
Step 3: Now you can take on the world! Our action kits give you the tools to create real change. If you’re engaging as an individual, start with our personal action kit. If you're ready to engage your community, take advantage of the creative ideas in our community action kit. We even have kits specific for various disciplines responding to victims of sexual assault.
Step 4: We want to hear about your campaign! Please share details, photos, and success tips with us, and we will add your campaign to our map!
The Survivors’ Agenda Opens for Submissions on 6/24!
We invite you to take part in The Survivors’ Agenda, a crowdsourced initiative for building safer futures free from sexual violence. This digital platform launches on Wednesday, June 24 and we need your voice!
We also invite you to our National Call on Thursday, June 25 from 7-8pm ET as we hold a conversation on the intersection of oppression and sexual violence in this current moment, and how survivors and allies can and will lead change. Register at http://go.futureswithoutviolence.org/e/858853/SurvivorsAgenda/qckj/21439883?h=-kFmF-FunTdOMwjoCaU1pGhvM7zL5pv4Pu4Ug-ERm2g.
As the movement to end anti-Black racism builds, we show up at this moment as a multi-racial, survivor-led collective poised to amplify the ways in which the movements to end sexual violence and racial violence are reliant upon one another. Survivors know how to transform systems and create a culture of accountability. We are co-creating an agenda that will seed the changes we need.
We invite all those who may or may not self-identify as survivors, or who are part of a marginalized community may deeply associate with the impacts of survivorship to join us in creating a more just, equitable, and safer world.
Sign up here for more information about more upcoming virtual events and ways to participate in co-creating The Survivors’ Agenda!
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Announcing DocuSAFE Documentation and Evidence Collection App
NNEDV's new app, DocuSAFE, is live and available for download in the app stores!
DocuSAFE, a Documentation and Evidence Collection App, is a free app that helps survivors collect, store, and share evidence of abuse, such as domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, online harassment, and dating violence. Survivors can document abuse by logging individual incidents, including any photos, screenshots, or video documentation of threatening messages, harassing social media posts, unwanted repeat calls, or online impersonation, among other abusive behaviors.
Storing documentation of abuse in one central location helps survivors identify the abuse and the extent to which it is occurring, including possible escalation of the behaviors. While not all survivors may choose to pursue legal action against the abusive person, for those who do, this app may be used to document and store evidence of the abuse that can be shared with law enforcement, an attorney, or a judge during a legal proceeding. The app provides options for securely sharing the content if the survivor chooses. DocuSAFE also includes information and resources to help better understand tactics of abuse, safety planning, and evidence / documentation collection.
If someone suspects that their device is being monitored, either physically or remotely, they should not download this app. There are additional resources on the DocuSAFE webpage, such as the Survivor Guide to Using DocuSAFE, to help survivors assess safety risks prior to download. There are also considerations for those working with survivors as a companion piece that can help advocates, attorneys, and others talk to survivors about safety planning and documentation.
The Safety Net Team at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) created this app with funding from the Office on Victims of Crime (OVC). We are grateful for the partnership with OVC and our app developer, 3Advance, that allowed us to create such a meaningful and important resource for survivors. This has been three years in the making with a significant focus on ensuring the app was built with survivor-centered approaches, prioritizing safety and privacy.
Please visit the DocuSAFE webpage to learn more and to download the app!
Justice Department Commemorates Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
The Department of Justice is joining advocates, public safety and public health professionals, and communities across the country in commemorating April as National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. President Trump has called on all Americans “to support survivors of sexual assault and work together to prevent these crimes in their communities.”
EVAW International: Comprehensive Training and Technical Assistance for Law Enforcement on Sexual Assault to Prevent Gender Bias
NCJFCJ #WearTeal for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
PANDEMIC PUNCTUATES 19TH ANNUAL NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS AND PREVENTION MONTH
Free Webinar: Strategizing for a Social Distancing Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is a pivotal time for CYEM grantees and partners to show their support for survivors, educate community members about consent, and raise visibility about their services in their community. Join the CYEM TA team and other grantees as we collectively strategize on how to implement SAAM activities amidst social distancing efforts.
Date: April 7, 2020
Start time: 10:00am PT/11:00am MT/12:00pm CT/1:00pm ET
Duration: 1.5 hours
For more information, please contact:
NCEDSV and NSVRC Present the 2020 Visionary Voice Award Honoring Cristina Hernandez
Virtual Live Stream- You're Invited!
April 1st, 2020
10:00am PT/11:00am MT/12:00pm CT/1:00pm ET
NCEDSV partners with NSVRC to offer the 2020 Visionary Voice Award in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).
This award recognizes individuals who have show efforts to help put an end to sexual violence around the country. NCEDSV and NSVRC both aim to promote awareness by connecting the public with information they need to educate their communities.
National Sexual Assault Conference 2020
The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault is proud to announce that
they will be hosting the National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC) in 2020.