March 20, 2019

SAAM 2019
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
In the United States, April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a time to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. One in 3 women and 1 in 6 men have experienced sexual violence involving physical contact at some point in their lives according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Statistics underestimate the problem because many victims do not tell the police, family, or friends about the violence.

This year, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) celebrates SAAM's 18th anniversary with the theme, I Ask. The campaign's goal is to empower everyone to put consent into practice. I Ask is the statement by which individuals will demonstrate that asking for consent is a healthy, normal, and necessary part of everyday interactions. Campaign participants can share key messages of the campaign throughout their communities and online; they'll demonstrate the importance of consent and set an example for their partners, friends, and loved ones. NSVRC has provided a variety of I Ask campaign resources including information on the basics of consent in-person and online, how to teach consent early, how power impacts consent, graphics, a campaign toolkit and social media guide as well as campaign items for purchase, a #30DaysofSAAM Instagram contest, and extensive event planning materials.
Several important dates take place during SAAM. Tuesday, April 2, 2019 is the Day of Action, which involves wearing teal, the color of sexual assault awareness and prevention. Wearing teal serves as a conversation starter about topics such as consent, respect, rape culture, and supporting survivors. Participants are encouraged to share a selfie of themselves wearing teal and use the hashtags #SAAM, #IAsk, and #Teal. Additional days to note include:
  • Start By Believing Day, held on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, provides an opportunity for communities across the country, and around the world, to unify with a single voice for those who have been the victims of sexual violence: We hear you, and we are here to help.
  • Meet Us On the Street: International Anti-Street Harassment Week takes place April 7 - 13, 2019. A program of Stop Street Harassment, Meet Us On the Street is an opportunity to collectively raise awareness that street harassment happens and that it's unacceptable.
  • On Denim Day, April 24, 2019, people are asked to make a social statement with their fashion statement by wearing jeans as a visible symbol of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual violence.
The following organizations have additional information and resources on how to implement a strong sexual assault prevention campaign on your campus this April:
To learn more about SAAM, visit the NSVRC and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for #SAAM updates all month long.

NCVRW 2019
National Crime Victims' Rights Week is
April 7-13, 2019

National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) is an opportunity for colleges and universities to inform students, faculty, and staff about the victimization experience and how it hurts people and communities, as well as promote laws, policies, and programs that help crime victims. This year, NCVRW is April 7-13 and the theme is "Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future." The U.S. Department of Justice, which runs the program through its Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), plans to celebrate progress in crime victim services and look ahead to more inclusive, accessible, trauma-informed services.
The 2019 NCVRW Resource Guide includes a sample proclamation, professionally developed posters, web artwork, and various outreach materials, available in English and Spanish, for campus officials to use to inspire the community and raise awareness about victims' rights. To aid in these efforts, campus officials can view two OVC recorded webinars:  Maximizing the Impact of Your Campaign , which brings together national experts who discuss how to raise awareness about victims' rights and services during NCVRW, and  Creating a Vicarious Trauma-Informed Organization: Strategies for Success , which provides an overview of and instructions for using the OVC Vicarious Trauma Toolkit designed to help organizations be more trauma-informed.
On April 12, OVC will hold the 2019 National Crime Victims' Service Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. at the National Archives. The event will recognize outstanding service from people, programs, and organizations that support crime victims and victim services. Visit the OVC website for a national calendar of other crime victim assistance-related events and additional resources ( PDF ), as well as a searchable directory of crime victim services and service providers, and to sign up for the NCVRW mailing list .
The National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), the oldest national victim assistance organization and a leader in victim advocacy, education, and credentialing, is hosting several events during National Crime Victims' Rights Week:
  • Monday, April 8 at 1:00 PM ET: Slut Shaming and Rape Culture brown bag webinar (free) in partnership with consulting and training firm Strand2 Squared LLC.
  • Wednesday, April 10 at 1:00 PM ET: Careers in Victim Advocacy brown bag webinar (free) in partnership with the military-focused nonprofit Blue Star Families.
  • Thursday, April 11: NOVA's first annual cocktail reception in Washington, D.C. on the Georgetown Waterfront from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. The event will include an awards presentation.
  • Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13: Virtual 5K walk/run to raise awareness and engage in promoting and advancing victims' rights. Individuals or groups can design their own paths to walk or run. 
For more resources on this topic, visit our online library and use search tag "victim services."

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Supporting Recovery and Building Resilience on Campus: The Role of Collegiate Recovery Programs
Organizations: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Supportive Schools, and the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments in coordination with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
Date: March 28, 2019 at 3:00 PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Expert Q&A: The Mental Health Consequences of Sexual Assault
Organization: Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center
Date: April 17, 2019 at 2:00 PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: 2019 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence, and Increasing Access
Organization: End Violence Against Women International
Dates: April 22-25, 2019
Location: San Diego, CA
Fee: Registration fee

For additional trainings and events, access our searchable online calendar

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.
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