In the United States, April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). During this month, a national effort to raise awareness about sexual violence in all its forms and to incorporate programs and strategies to prevent it leads to thousands of local, statewide and national events. The 2011 theme of SAAM, “It’s time…to get involved!” encourages everyone to take a stand, learn new skills, change perceptions, and challenge norms that condone sexual violence. See some of the many ways to get involved in ending sexual violence below.
TA QUESTION OF THE MONTH
How can I teach my campus community about engaging bystanders in prevention of sexual violence?
The bystander approach offers opportunities to build communities and a society that does not allow sexual violence. It gives everyone in the community a specific role in preventing the community’s problem of sexual violence.
Check out this month’s question to learn about the efforts of one college dean to challenge campus culture. Share your ideas on how to engage bystanders in the prevention of sexual violence!
NEW VAWnet PODCAST
Rape Prevention and Risk Reduction, an Interview with Kimberly Lonsway by Jennifer Grove for VAWnet, the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (June 2010)
On this podcast, Jennifer Grove of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center interviews Kimberly Lonsway, lead author on the VAWnet Applied Research paper: Rape Prevention and Risk Reduction: Review of the Research literature for Practitioners.
NEW ONLINE COURSE FROM NSVRC
Engaging Bystanders in Sexual Violence Prevention by Joan Tabachnick, produced by The New England Adolescent Research Institute Inc. (NEARI) for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) (2011)
This 1-2 hour online course is based on the NSVRC publication of the same name. This course provides the basics for how to encourage friends and family to deter and possibly prevent sexual violence.
View all recent additions to the VAWnet library. Highlights include…
It’s time…to incorporate the bystander approach by Mary M. Moynihan for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (2011)
This brief fact sheet provides an overview of the bystander intervention approach to preventing sexual violence. Engaged bystanders can prevent an incident of violence and challenge norms all at the same time.
The Bingo Activity by the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (2011)
This fun and interactive activity encourages participants to “be the solution” to sexual violence.
Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) Toolkit 2011: Community Engagement Through the Arts by the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) and Arte Sana (2011)
This toolkit employs art, in various forms, as a universal language and medium for communicating their message about sexual assault prevention and awareness.
SART Toolkit: Resources for Sexual Assault Response Teams by the Office for Victims of Crime (2011)
This toolkit includes resources for victim service agencies on the development, expansion, or improvement of interagency response teams. Resources place special emphasis on putting the victim first in the course of responding.
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