April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month


Contact: Laura Palumbo, Prevention Campaign Specialist
877-739-3895, Ext. 128
lpalumbo@nsvrc.org
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ENOLA, Pa. — April is Sexual Assault SAAM 2012 imageAwareness Month (SAAM) – a time to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.

Sexual violence affects people of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. Nearly 20 percent of the population has experienced some form of sexual assault in their lifetime, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Justice.

This April, it’s time to start a dialogue, and the topic of the conversation is healthy sexuality. This year’s SAAM campaign, It’s time … to talk about it, encourages communities and individuals to join the conversation on how we connect and respect one another in order to prevent sexual violence.

The 2012 SAAM campaign provides tools and resources that focus on promoting positive expressions of sexuality and healthy behaviors. Promoting healthy behaviors encourages sexual interactions and relationships that are consensual, respectful and informed. By starting the conversation, this dialogue can build safe, healthy relationships.

In addition to the month-long campaign, the SAAM “Day of Action,” on Tuesday, April 3, will highlight nationally coordinated events to raise public awareness about sexual violence and specific ways people can get involved in its prevention.

Awareness events and activities, coordinated throughout April, present a great opportunity to highlight regional and local newsmakers involved in SAAM. Visit www.nsvrc.org/calendar to find local and national SAAM events.

Campaign materials are available at: www.nsvrc.org/saam. For materials in Spanish, visit: www.nsvrc.org/es/saam.

For more information, contact 877-739-3895, or email resources@nsvrc.org.

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