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National Sexual Assault Awareness Month


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is providing campaign planning materials on this year's campaign focus, Preventing Sexual Violence on Campus. The 2015 SAAM campaign toolkit  may be used by advocates, campus personnel, students and allies to spread awareness, establish new partnerships, launch programs or to continue or initiate prevention activities. The campaign offers free, downloadable:

  • Resources to include action steps for health care professionals, campus administrators, and faculty and staff.
  • Planning tools to assist in creating a campaign, event planning, building partnerships and understanding sexual violence.
  • Graphics for the 2015 SAAM campaign.
  • Media materials such as a social media toolkit, a sample letter to the editor, and a packet for journalists about reporting on sexual violence.

Campus personnel working with prevention programming may find the resources provided on these topics through previous SAAM campaigns useful:

  • Healthy Sexuality - The 2012 SAAM campaign provides a guide for advocates, counselors, and prevention educators; fact sheets on such topics as consent, gender norms; scenarios for discussion; planning tools and other resources to promote positive expressions of sexuality and healthy behaviors to encourage consensual, respectful and informed sexual interactions.
  • Engaging Bystanders - The 2011 SAAM campaign offers resources, to include successful bystander education prevention programs; scenarios, diagrams and discussion points; and the opportunity to read or share your stories about intervening to stop sexually violent actions and behaviors.
Many of the SAAM resources are also available in  Spanish . The NSVRC supports SAAM organizers with resources, tools and training and can answer questions about sexual violence, prevention, or planning a campaign.  
Download the complete grant (PDF) by clicking above

National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Grant Funding Announced

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has announced it will award up to $24 million through a competitive grant process as part of its National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI). The funding provided through the SAKI will support multidisciplinary community response teams engaged in the comprehensive reform of jurisdictions' approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs). The program was created to address these sexual assault cases through a victim-centered approach using a coordinated community response that is seen as holistic in nature. The program provides jurisdictions with resources such as support: 
  • To inventory, test, and track SAKs;
  • To create and report performance metrics;
  • To access necessary training to increase effectiveness in addressing the complex issues associated with these cases;
  • To engage in multidisciplinary policy development, implementation, and coordination;
  • To improve practices related to investigation, prosecution, and victim engagement; and
  • In connection with evidence and cases resulting from the testing process.

The competitive grant announcement specifies that there is "no reliable estimate for the number of unsubmitted kits in the custody of law enforcement agencies nationwide." In addition to the fact that some police departments may have difficulties with tracking, storage, and retention policies (2011 NIJ Special Report), BJA states that "unsubmitted SAKs may be located in places other than police evidence rooms, including hospitals, clinics, rape crisis centers, and unofficial evidence retention locations."


BJA anticipates 12 awards of up to $2 million each beginning October 1, 2015 for a three-year project period. Applications are due May 7, 2015 and two or more parties may apply under one application, but one must be primary. Download the complete grant solicitation (PDF).
Professional Development Opportunities


Title: The Role of Alcohol Policies to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence Perpetration

Host: PreventConnect and California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)   

Dates: March 26, 2015, 2 PM EST

Location: Online   

Fee: Free
Information and Registration

Title: EverFi Regional Symposia 2015

Host: EverFi

Fee: Free

Information and Registration 

Dates and Locations:

  • Milwaukee, WI - March 31, 2015
  • Los Angeles, CA - TBD

Title: EVAWI 2015 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Campus Responses  

Host: End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) 

Dates: April 7-9, 2015 (Pre-Conference April 6, 2015: Trauma Informed Investigations & Prosecutions) 

Location: New Orleans, LA

Fee: Registration Fee

Information and Registration 


Free Training Opportunity!

The National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project (NIWAP) is offering free full-day training for law enforcement and prosecutors on best practices that support successful criminal investigations and prosecutions of perpetrators of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, child abuse, elder abuse and human trafficking crimes against immigrant victims.  The course includes newly released (June 2013) law enforcement training videos and materials on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), T, and U visa immigration relief.  Click here to find out more about the training and how to apply. The application deadline is April 16, 2015.

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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