Frequently Asked Questions
>What is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)?
>What is the “official” color of SAAM?
>Is there a slogan for SAAM?
>What is SAAM "Day of Action”?
>How can I order SAAM products?
>Where can I obtain SAAM resources?
>Does the NSVRC have a calendar of events?
>Does the NSVRC issue awards?
>Who do I contact for more information?
What is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)?
SAAM, observed in April, is the month dedicated to making a concerted effort to raise awareness about and prevent sexual violence through special events (although such activities may occur at any time). Since the first national observation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in 2001, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) has provided resources to help individuals and organizations plan SAAM activities in their communities during April and throughout the year.
Additionally, the NSVRC supports and encourages state coalitions in the development of strategies, initiatives, and customized materials to support local SAAM projects. As always, we encourage you to contact your coalition for information, activities, and event coordination.
What is the “official” color of SAAM?
In 2001, all U.S. states and territories were surveyed and based on their responses, teal became the official color representing sexual violence awareness and prevention. Over the years, the teal ribbon has been very popular and effective.
Is there a slogan for SAAM?
Yes. The 2013 SAAM campaign national slogan is: "It’s time … to talk about it. Talk early, talk often. Prevent sexual violence." 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.
What is SAAM "Day of Action”?
In 2003, based upon feedback from the field, the NSVRC instituted a National Day to End Sexual Violence to focus attention across the country on one specific day in April. In 2008, NSVRC decided to change the name to "SAAM Day of Action."
On Tuesday, April 2, 2013, all individuals are encouraged to participate in an awareness-raising activity in their community. Read more.
You can order SAAM products by visiting the SAAM Store. The NSVRC orders items in bulk quantities to ensure that products are affordable for smaller programs.
Where can I obtain SAAM resources?
The SAAM website provides a variety of resources related to each year's theme, planning SAAM events, and sexual violence awareness and prevention in general. Read more about the current campaign.
Does the NSVRC have a calendar of events?
Yes, the NSVRC maintains a national calendar of events online. Events posted on the calendar include those sponsored by local, state, territory, tribal, and college sexual assault programs and conferences, meetings, and workshops. Anyone may search events by category or state/territory. NSVRC encourages you to share your events throughout April. Event information can be posted online by opening the Events Calendar and clicking on "SUBMIT A CALENDAR EVENT" (bottom of the page).
Does the NSVRC issue awards for SAAM?
Yes. The NSVRC presents the Visionary Voice Awards. These awards, offered in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month each April, recognize the creativity and hard work of individuals around the country who have demonstrated outstanding advocacy and community work to end or prevent sexual violence. The NSVRC relies on each state, territory, and tribal coalition to select one outstanding individual deserving of this honor (only coalitions may make selections). While we encourage coalitions to look to their local community partners for outstanding individuals, coalitions may select the person to receive the award on whatever basis they wish.
For more information, visit the Visionary Voice Award section of the SAAM website.