Ramping up Prevention Efforts.
Pushing for Change.
Everyone has a role to play in ending sexual violence. What’s yours?
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (#SAAM2021) takes place during the month of April to increase public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities about how it can be prevented.
South Carolina is building on the national theme, “We Can Build Safe Online Spaces,” led by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) reminding us that sexual harassment, assault, and abuse can happen anywhere, including in online spaces. According to NSVRC, “Even though the abuse occurs behind a screen, the impact on the victim, their loved ones, and the community can be just as harmful as sexual violence committed in person.”
Beyond building safe online spaces, in light of current events and the surge in reporting of sexual violence, SCCADVASA is encouraging individuals, teens, parents and educators to get involved, because everyone has a role to play in ending sexual violence.
“Over the past few months, a number of high-profile women have come forward with personal stories of survival, including our very own Senator Mia McLeod. And despite tireless efforts to change our cultural norms, survivors continue to be met with skepticism, disbelief or dismissal” said Sara Barber, SCCADVASA Executive Director. “From prevention efforts, to actively working eradicate rape culture, to believing survivors — we will never experience a South Carolina free from domestic and sexual violence unless each and every one of us does our part.”
Get Involved: Join us this #SAAM to show support for survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence during the entire month of April 2021 by doing any of the below.
Help us spread the word on the importance of safe online spaces, prevention and believing survivors.
- Download our #SAAM2021 Toolkit.
- Turn your timelines on social media teal for the month of April. Teal is the official color of SAAM and represents support for survivors of sexual violence.
- Follow SCCADVASA’s social media channels (@sccadvasa on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) and help amplify our message of support for survivors.
- Tuesday, April 6th is SAAM Day of Action, wear teal clothing and take a selfie. Share it on all your social media accounts with #SAAM2021
- Participate in NSVRC’s #30DaysofSAAM Challenge
- Participate in Denim Day on Wednesday, April 28th by wearing denim and share it to social media to take a stand against victim-blaming
- Remember that change starts with you. Visit www.levelupforchange.org to learn how to prevent sexual violence among teens and NSVRC’s website for additional prevention resources.
SAAM Media Items:
- Commentary: Ending sexual violence starts with believing survivors. And it needs to start now. — Op-Ed by Sara Barber, Published in Post & Courier
- SCCADVASA’s 2021 Sexual Assault Awareness Month Press Release
- WREN SC Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Fact Sheet 2021
SAAM Media Coverage:
- Rape Crisis Center in Myrtle Beach reports increase in sexual assault, domestic violence – WBTW News 13
- SC group raising sexual and domestic violence awareness throughout April – ABC 4 News
- April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month – The Newberry Observer
- Coalition ramps up prevention efforts against sexual assault – Moultrie News / Post & Courier