"The University of Montana strives to make the campus a safe and supportive environment that fosters learning, personal growth, and the fulfillment of dreams. All forms of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual assault, interfere with this mission. Furthermore, sexual harassment, including sexual assault, is a form of prohibited discrimination."
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) opened in July 2000 as a national information and resource hub relating to all aspects of sexual violence. Founded by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, the oldest and one of the largest state sexual assault coalitions, the NSVRC is funded through a cooperative agreement from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Violence Prevention.
Here you’ll find resources on domestic violence, sexual violence, funding, research, and international issues. You’ll also find news, announcements, and events related to the work of the movement and related fields of practice. From the comprehensive lists of resources found in Special Collections to the concise interpretations of current research in our peer-reviewed Applied Research Papers, VAWnet has a variety of formats and material types to offer.
Fact sheets, guides and reports and scientific information from national and global sources.
Every year since 1999 Peace Over Violence has organized Denim Day in LA & USA It is a rape prevention education campaign, where we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion statement and on this day wear jeans as a visible means of protest against misconceptions that surround sexual assault.
Sexual Violence Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.
CDC Feature: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Sexual violence is a very serious public health problem that affects millions of women and men. In the United States, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men have been raped in their lifetime and nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced other forms of sexual violence at some point in their lives.
"PETSA—Personal Empowerment through Self Awareness—features videos that deal frankly with sexual assault and rape. They are designed to be informative and educational.
The videos emerged out of a multidisciplinary team effort at The University of Montana, comprised of faculty, staff and students, and are based on rape and sexual assault reduction and prevention data.
The role of gender in rape and sexual assault can be challenging. We ask our students and anyone watching these videos to approach them open to this challenge. By hearing the important information presented, we hope that all of our students grow in their relationships on campus so that they can truly enjoy their college years."
Sexual Violence is a Serious Public Health Problem
Sexual violence is a serious public health problem in the United States. Statistics underestimate the problem because many victims are afraid to tell the police, family, or friends about the violence. In the United States, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men report that they have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. In addition, nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men report that they have experienced sexual violence victimization other that rape in their lifetime.- CDC
Sexual Violence Awareness
"In 1994, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was written and moved forward by then-Senator Joseph Biden. VAWA is focused on improving the criminal justice system response to sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence. Young women between the ages of 16 and 24 have the highest rates of interpersonal violence, and one in five women will be sexually assaulted while attending college."
“Acts of sexual violence are vastly under-reported. Yet, data show that our nation’s young students suffer from acts of sexual violence early and the likelihood that they will be assaulted by the time they graduate is significant.”
Tips to prevent assult/rape
DC Metropolitan Police Department Tips
"While crimes against property are far more common on college and university campuses, some campus criminals target people as well. Not every crime against a person can be prevented, and victims should never blame themselves for a criminal's behavior. Still, you can help reduce your risk of being victimized by following some common-sense tips like the ones listed here."
University of Minnesota Sexual Assault Prevention and Tips for Students and Parents
The following information is adapted from You’re on Your Own (But I’m Here If You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years, by Marjorie Savage. (Simon & Schuster, 2009)
Butler University -How You Can Help Prevent Sexual Assault (includes Men's Pledge to End Rape)