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Re-amplifying our collective declaration that sexual violence is a public health crisis and exploring what that means.

#WhatsAtStake: Sexual Violence as a Public Health Crisis

This April, we are re-amplifying our collective declaration that sexual violence is a public health crisis and exploring what that means. As stated in the ‘me too.’ Social and Political Framework: By definition, a public health crisis affects large numbers of people and is determined by its long-term effects. Sexual violence impacts nearly every person in the United States − directly or indirectly. Sexual violence creates health and wellness issues for survivors and their communities, and there is a causal link between the experience of sexual trauma and the fallout from lack of adequate recovery support and resources.”

We are moving beyond awareness towards solutions that encompass survivor healing, ally disruption, and, most importantly, harm reduction and prevention for everyone. Through education and knowledge-building, best practice sharing, healing, and prevention recommendations, me too. International is utilizing SAAM to share resources and actionable items beyond a single month. 

Join us for #WhatsAtStake: A Panel on Sexual Violence as a Public Health Crisis

Historically, SAAM has been used to raise awareness about the realities of sexual assault by defining its dynamics, sharing key statistics, and framing it appropriately as a public health issue. But we have yet to see responses at the institutional and systemic level that adequately address and resource the issue, particularly for survivors who experience violence at higher rates. #WhatsAtStake: A Panel on Sexual Violence as a Public Health Crisis will feature experts from the public health field, education and survivor justice fields to talk about the problem, its linkages, and what’s needed to move beyond awareness. me too. International CEO Dani Ayers will be moderating the panel featuring panelists Angelica Geter, DrPH, MPH Executive VP of Strategy & Business at Black Women’s Health Imperative, Jaclyn Friedman Founder and Executive Director of EducateUS, and David S. Lee, MPH, Deputy Director at ValorUS.

When: Tuesday, April 25
Time: 5:30-7:00pm ET
Where: Zoom

Register here to join in on this conversation.

Below are some toolkits and additional resources that will be updated regularly throughout the month to help guide you from awareness to action.

Toolkit #1: Moving From Bystander to Advocate

This toolkit is a guide on how to interrupt sexual assault as a bystander and is designed for anyone who has directly or indirectly witnessed sexual assault and are supporting someone who confided in them about their sexual assault.

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Toolkit #2: Who Do I Tell? How Do I Tell?

This toolkit is a guide to taking the first steps of disclosing as a survivor.

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Toolkit #3: How to Support a Survivor Who Discloses to You

This toolkit provides actionable steps and information to help you better support a survivor once they have decided to disclose to you.

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2023 Sexual Assault Awareness Fact Sheet

This fact sheet can act as a resource for more information about sexual violence as a public health crisis.

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Social Media Toolkit

A brief content toolkit for social media to help amplify this year’s theme with messaging and graphics.

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Partnership Resource Guide

We are excited to share resources regarding SAAM from our partner organizations. Please check back at this link regularly for updated resources and ways to take action.

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