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Awareness and Prevention Months

How to be involved all year long

There are many things we can do as individuals, groups, and society to keep sexual violence prevention and education as a key value and priority throughout the year! While our awareness and prevention months have an important history and bring much needed awareness and prevention efforts to the forefront; it is important that we are doing the work to be involved in sexual violence awareness and prevention all year long! 

Some ways you can actively engage in awareness and prevention efforts throughout the year include:

  • Believe and support survivors of sexual violence
  • Learn ways to be an upstander
  • Knowing and sharing information about organizations that do violence prevention work
  • Getting involved as a volunteer or intern with programs doing violence prevention work
  • Learning more through ongoing educational opportunities
    • CARE provides free educational opportunities, learn more here!
January is Stalking Awareness Month

History of Stalking Awareness Month

Stalking Awareness Month was started in January of 2004 by the National Center for Victims of Crime to provide an opportunity to focus on identifying and stopping stalking. Stalking Awareness Month serves as an annual call to action to recognize and respond to the serious crime of stalking. 

It is very important to recognize the issue of stalking as its own form of gender-based violence as well as a crime that frequently predicts and co-occurs with physical and sexual violence. People between the ages of 18-24 are at the highest risk to experience stalking.  

Stalking refers to unwanted and repeated conduct directed at a single person that would cause a reasonable person harm.

To learn more about stalking, click this link.

 

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History of Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month

During the 1980s, on the heels of the sexual violence awareness movement that began in the 1970s, the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCASA) brought national agencies together to determine the dates for a National Sexual Assault Awareness Week. Over time, this week turned into a month and in April 2001, the first national Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) was recognized. SAAM is a campaign meant to give institutions, agencies, communities, and individuals a chance to raise awareness, empower and support sexual assault survivors, and collaborate on prevention efforts.

To learn more about sexual assault, click this link

 

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History of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the “Day of Unity” in October of 1981, originally observed by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intention of DVAM is to bring advocates for awareness and prevention together from across the nation to bring attention to the issue of domestic violence. 

In October of 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed, followed shortly by the congressional designation of October as the National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in 1989. 

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) refers to the patterns of abusive behaviors based on power and control within an intimate relationship. It is important to note that IPV occurs across age, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines, and all types of relationships. 

To learn more about domestic violence and intimate partner violence, click this link.