The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.
It’s SAAM 2014!!! This year’s theme: It’s Time to Talk About It. Your Voice. Our Future. Prevent Sexual Violence.
This year’s theme focuses on youth engagement as well as how to be an adult ally.
What can you do to prevent sexual violence?
Talk with your teens about healthy sexuality and consent.
Help youth to question and challenge gender norms – our culture’s “rules” about how men and women are supposed to behave.
Be a model for respectful behavior. Respect those around you.
Be an active and engaged bystander. Speak up if you see or hear inappropriate behavior.
Believe. If someone discloses to you that they have been sexually assaulted, believe them. Refer them to the appropriate resources.
Invite an educator from Rape Response Services to present at your community group or school.
Becoming An Agent of Social Change: A Guide for Youth Activists. There are lots of opportunities for youth to become enagegd with Rape Response Services including many leadership opportunities. We’d love to help support your campaigns, efforts and ideas!