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Access the 2017 NCVRW Resource Guide.
National Crime Victims' Rights Week
National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) is being commemorated on April 2-8, 2017. Since 1981, NCVRW has been celebrated annually in April and is meant to bring communities together; educate the public about victimization and the effect victimization has on individuals, families, friends, and the community; and to promote laws, policies, and programs to help victims of crime. NCVRW also serves to recognize victim service providers, criminal justice officials, legal professionals, medical and mental health providers, community leaders, and other allied professionals, both on and off campus, who fight for victims' rights and work to strengthen and create partnerships to further advancements in the crime victims' field. 
This year's theme,  Strength. Resilience. Justice. , reflects a vision for the future in which all victims are strengthened by the response they receive, organizations are resilient in response to challenges, and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing. The Office for Victims of Crime , National Center for Victims of Crime , and other partner organizations (PDF) created the 2017 NCVRW Resource Guide to assist in raising awareness of victims' rights and services, highlight local programs, celebrate progress achieved, and honor victims and the professionals who serve them. This suite of resources is available exclusively online in English and Spanish , and includes the following videos and downloadable materials:
  • Theme Video: Highlights ways communities can promote resilience and justice by working together to strengthen all victims of crime. The theme video is available in full length (5:27) or as a clip (1:54).
  • Professional Artwork: Original illustrations, web artwork, and theme and public awareness posters.
  • Resource Guide Section Content: Educational resources and frequently asked questions to help you build a successful public awareness campaign.
  • Crime and Victimization Fact Sheets: Topical fact sheets on current crime trends. 
The Developing Your Campaign: Partnerships & Strategies (PDF) portion of the NCVRW Resource Guide will assist institutions of higher education and other organizations in their efforts to share the NCVRW theme and messaging with victims and the broader community.  

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Clery Center Launches Jeanne Clery Act Training Pilot Program
The Clery Center recently modified their 2-day Jeanne Clery Act Training Seminar and is now offering a  3-Day Jeanne Clery Act Training Pilot Program to be held May 23-25, 2017 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. The revised training includes additions to the curriculum and an adaptable Clery Act workbook with activities that can be completed during the training or with a Clery Compliance Team back on campus. This pilot program is designed for higher education professionals with advanced Clery knowledge and campuses with established programs and teams, as well as for practitioners in the early stages of forming a team or program. The extensive activities in the workbook employ a cooperative approach that allows institutions to document and build upon their current compliance efforts and develop personalized plans to make their campuses safer.
In this comprehensive training, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their campus' challenges and begin formulating a Clery Act compliance plan. The curriculum ensures participants first understand the letter and spirit of the law and then provides participants the opportunity to create a strategy for their distinctive needs. The Clery Center will host a second 3-day training at California State University-East Bay on July 18-20, 2017. Visit the Clery Center's website  for current and future dates, special group rates, logistical information, and to register. 

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
This April marks the 16th  annual observation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (#SAAM). This year's theme, Engaging New Voices , developed by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), aims to involve four new audiences in sexual assault prevention efforts: members of Greek life, coaches, fathers, and faith leaders. Over the past 16 years of coordinated SAAM campaigns, community leaders, outreach coordinators, and survivors have learned that change is most successful when messages are spread to the widest, most diverse audiences possible with unity.
Campaign materials, including new Spanish versions, have been developed for each audience to help effectively communicate messages and take concrete action steps. For example, coaches are encouraged to set clear expectations for players by having a code of conduct that "outlines consequences for catcalling or players using gender or sexual orientation as an insult . " Sorority and fraternity members are encouraged to "educate members about what enthusiastic, affirmative consent looks like" using a linked consent guide. In addition, NSVRC provides general SAAM materials such as posters, social media graphics, information about the 30 days of SAAM Instagram contest , an action kit , and SAAM merchandise for order. 
Sexual Assault Awareness Month evolved from Take Back the Night marches held by women in the late 1970s to protest sexual violence they faced at night. These activists expanded the marches, held in October throughout the 1980s, to tackle issues of domestic violence. By the end of the decade, activists wanted a week dedicated to bring awareness to sexual assault and, after a poll was conducted, a week in April was chosen. After 10 years of holding a sexual assault awareness week in April, which in some places had expanded to include month-long activities, there was a call to lengthen the week to a month. April 1, 2001 marked the first national observance of SAAM.
The NSVRC provides past campaign materials online, including the 2015 campaign Preventing Sexual Violence on Campus. NSVRC partners with state, territorial and tribal anti-sexual assault coalitions and national allied organizations to promote SAAM. Some campus-focused groups that they closely work with include:
These organizations have additional information on how to implement a strong and effective sexual assault prevention campaign on your campus this April. Be sure to follow NSVRC on Facebook and Twitter for #SAAM updates all month long.

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Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Going Further Than Title IX and Clery Compliance: Responding to Intimate Partner Violence on Campus
Organization: International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
Date: April 6, 2017 at 1:00PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free for IACLEA members
Title: 11th Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women
Organization: Dallas Police Department and Genesis Women's Shelter & Support
Dates: May 22-25, 2017
Location: Dallas, TX
Fee: Registration fee

Title: Introduction to the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview Within the Sexual Assault Investigative Response
Organization: You Have Options Program
Dates: June 29-30, 2017
Location: Newman Lake, WA
Fee: Registration fee

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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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