It’s the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and while it’s recognized each year like the coming of spring, it’s time to revamp, refresh, and reimagine conversations to end sexual violence. If anything is constant it’s change, last year CALCASA pushed conversations to visualize and end to sexual violence with a focus on survivors, and the conversations around these concepts don’t have to end but can transform.This year Ending Sexual Violence: An Intersectional Approach is a springboard for igniting ideas and conversations. Discussing the intersections is what CALCASA asks this April, to embolden new frameworks of advocacy that carry the knowledge of the movement to end sexual violence and pivot with other social justice struggles.
CALCASA will continue to support these conversations and spotlight different intersections throughout the month with new blogs posted each week (backgrounds can be found in this year’s toolkit). In addition, we’ll feature intersections that weren’t included in this year’s materials.
There is strength in community and collaboration, and it will be great to hear from community organizations and individuals throughout the month of April about the campaigns they have organized to raise awareness, how they push conversations, how they continue to collaborate and build new partnerships. Stretching the ideas of what’s possible for prevention and ways to help survivors heal and thrive is what SAAM continues to be.
Let us know what you or others will be doing this April. What will you do help prevent sexual violence this month and beyond?
Help us celebrate your work, campaigns, and achievements by tagging us on Facebook and Twitter @CALCASA. Use #SAAM #PreventionIsPossible #NoExcuse and #DenimDay so we can follow your achievements and give them a platform throughout April!