ENOLA, PA., PRNewswire/ -- The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) announces that in April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), the nation will witness a wide variety of awareness-raising events, especially on April 20th.
Each year during April advocates and educators conduct events and activities all during the month. Karen Baker, Director of the NSVRC, says, "This year the NSVRC encouraged rape crisis centers and coalitions to include in their plans some activity for April 20th. On that day, across the nation, many voices will be raised in different ways to promote awareness of sexual violence."
Baker points out, "These events may be small or large but the hope is that together they will send a clear message to the nation: sexual assault affects everyone and we must now Decide to End Sexual Violence!"
According to Baker, "For the first time this year, the NSVRC is giving five national level Awards for Outstanding Effectiveness in Raising Awareness and Promoting Prevention of Sexual Violence. It recognizes those whose work has had national impact in raising awareness or promoting prevention of sexual violence, especially when it represents work or dedication above and beyond the normal scope of their daily work or mission." The award winners are:
The NSVRC provides resources and information on sexual violence to rape crisis centers, state and territory coalitions, allied organizations, agencies, educators, media and the general public. Phone toll-free: 877-739-3895 or visit www.nsvrc.org.
About Arte Sana
Arte Sana (art heals) is a nationwide organization dedicated to helping underserved survivors of racial and gender-based violence. As a 501(c)3 non-profit group based in Austin, TX, Arte Sana promotes healing and empowerment through the arts and community education. Founded in 2001, Arte Sana believes that violence risk reduction programs and services must be culturally competent and linguistically appropriate and are committed to the value of indigenous leadership and collaboration sin fronteras (without borders).