SAAM Update: Resources are here!

The team at NSVRC hopes 2013 has been off to a great start. With the start of the new year, we are excited to share materials for the upcoming Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign of April 2013. SAAM resource CD’s are in the mail on the way to delivery. Resources are now available online, in English and Spanish, and can be accessed at www.nsvrc.org/saam.

SAAM 2013 at a Glance

SAAM 2013 Theme:  The 2013 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign  focuses on healthy sexuality and child sexual abuse prevention. This April, join the conversation. Start talking about healthy childhood development to prevent child sexual abuse.

SAAM Day of Action:  Tuesday, April 2, 2013

SAAM Campaign Materials:  www.nsvrc.org/saam and Spanish materials at: www.nsvrc.org/es/saam

SAAM Products: Notebooks, dry-erase boards and stickers available at: http://www.nsvrc.org/store

National SAAM Calendar:  http://www.nsvrc.org/calendar

With guidance from partners and feedback from the field, SAAM 2013 resources focus on educating adults on healthy childhood sexual development. All adults (and young adults) in a community can play a role in child sexual abuse prevention by  understanding age-appropriate behaviors, learning skills to support healthy development, and challenging negative messages.

The theme of healthy childhood sexual development grew from conversations and discussions prompted during SAAM’s 2012 healthy sexuality campaign. Adults and advocates shared reflections on the gap in individual knowledge and a cultural silence around sex and sexuality. To protect children, adults often avoid any discussion of sexual development. This silence cannot support healthy development. By starting conversations in families, schools, gathering places and communities, we are able to support children, counter unhealthy messages, and set a standard of openness and accountability among adults. An overview on healthy sexual development, as well as specific resources for parents, community members, and prevention partners, explore this approach.

In addition to resources specific to healthy childhood sexual development, there are campaign materials  to support outreach, education and advocacy efforts. Campaign materials include audience-specific tip sheets on sexual violence prevention, social networking tools, a proclamation, a sample Letter to the Editor  and a list of event ideas. Be sure to fill us in on your SAAM events by posting them to our online calendar or sharing via Facebook and Twitter.

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