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Events held in April to educate the community about Sexual Assault and the issues survivors and their families face. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). In California, a woman reports a rape crime every five minutes. Nearly everyone has been touched by this dehumanizing crime. Please join the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault and our collaborative partners by participating in our awareness events. (Links for AAFVSA Events are in .pdf format)
Womenís organized protests against violence began in the late 1970s in England with Take Back the Night marches. These women-only protests emerged in direct response to the violence that women encountered as they walked the streets at night. These activities became more coordinated and soon developed into a movement that extended to the United States and, in 1978, the first Take Back the Night events in the U.S. were held in San Francisco and New York City. Over time, sexual assault awareness activities expanded to include the issue of sexual violence against men and menís participation in ending sexual violence.
By the early 1980s, there was increased interest in coordinating activities to raise awareness of violence against women. As a result, time was set aside during October to raise awareness of violence against women issues. Over time, October became the principle focus of domestic violence awareness activities. Sexual assault advocates looked for a separate time to focus attention on sexual assault issues.
In the late 1980s, the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCASA) informally polled state sexual assault coalitions to determine when to have a national Sexual Assault Awareness Week. A week in April was selected. Over time, some advocates began focusing attention on sexual violence throughout the month of April. In the late 1990s, many advocates began coordinating activities throughout the month of April on a regular basis, promoting an idea for a nationally recognized month for sexual violence awareness activities.
From 2000-2001, the Resource Sharing Project (RSP) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) polled state, territory, and tribal coalitions and found that the color teal was the preferred color for sexual assault awareness and prevention and that April was the preferred month to coordinate national sexual assault awareness activities. As a result, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) was first observed nationally in April 2001.
For more information on SAAM History and National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) Please click on the links provided in the SAAM History Section.
For 2009, Alliance will be providing a training on Sexual Harrasment in the Workplace. This Lunch and Learn, sponsored by LeBeau, Thelen LLP., will assist employers in understanding the rights and responsibilities in responding to sexual harassment. Take steps now to avoid costly mistakes!
SAAM 2009 Lunch and Learn Training ((CANCELLED))
Another 2009 Event, for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, The Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault will be a Sexual Assault Mini-Conference on Cyber Stalking and Sexual Predators.
For more information or to register to any of our Events please call the Alliance Outreach Center at 322-0931