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SAAMDayofActionSAAM 2018: Embrace Your Voice

 

by Breckan Erdman, Program Specialist for NRCDV, 04/01/2018

“The things you say every day send a message about your beliefs and values. When you stand up for survivors of sexual violence, you send a powerful message that you believe and support them.” National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Your voice matters! In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April, our friends at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center are calling on all of us to use our voices to support survivors, promote everyday consent, and practice healthy communication with children and youth. By embracing our voices, we can create a culture of respect, equality, and safety for all.

Are you excited to embrace your voice this April, but unsure where to start?

Visit NSVRC’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month page for details about the “Embrace Your Voice” theme for 2018, as well as resources to help you raise awareness about sexual violence in your community. Access the Beginner’s Guide to Event Planning for helpful tips on how to plan an event for SAAM, fact sheets on everyday consent and healthy communication with kids, social media graphics and coloring pages, and much more. You can also wear teal for the SAAM Day of Action on April 3rd and participate in the #30DaysofSAAM Instagram contest. Don’t forget to include #SAAM in your social media posts!

Read the VAWnet TA question of the month, In the era of #MeToo, how can we leverage the power of our voices for Sexual Assault Awareness Month?, for insight on how to build on momentum from the #MeToo movement, which was originally founded by Tarana Burke in 2007 to support young survivors of color and is currently transforming the way we talk about sexual violence. And be sure to check out our Prevention Tool of the Week from the PreventIPV Tools Inventory each week in April for ideas on how you can use your voice to prevent sexual violence:

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Week 1: SAFER provides college students with resources to build successful grassroots campaigns against sexual violence on campus.

Week 2: Consent Campaign teaches youth about healthy communication and everyday consent.

Week 3: It’s On Us engages college students as active bystanders, teaching them how to intervene in dangerous situations and promote cultures of consent.

Week 4: One Student offers trainings and online resource to engage students in discussions around healthy sexuality and sexual assault and to promote bystander intervention.

How will you embrace your voice this April?