Sexual Assault Awareness Month
This month is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). SAAM began in 2010 when the White House issued a proclamation to declare April to be a time to raise awareness of sexual assault, to make our response more powerful, and to bolster support for victims. President Obama called for action at the federal, state, tribal, and local levels. Sexual assault affects people of all backgrounds and ages, though some more than others. Hopefully this year’s reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act will do more to protect immigrant women, Native American Women, and those under the LGBT umbrella.
WOMEN ORGANIZED AGAINST RAPE (WOAR):
WOAR presents the eighth annual “Take it All Back” speak out and community walk on April 20, at 12pm. It is about a mile-long walk from Love Park to the Independence Visitor’s Center. For questions, visit http://www.woar.org/news-events.php
NATIONAL SEXUAL VIOLENCE RESOURCES CENTER (NSVRC):
NSVRC is presenting an online Twitter chat. It will be held on April 23 at 2pm and is in partnership with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (@PCARorg). It will be hosted by Dr. Ian Elliott (@ianaelliott), a criminal psychologist and a research scholar at Penn State University’s Justice Center for Research, and @PCARorg. For questions, visit http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/sexual-assault-awareness-month-home