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Sexual Assault Awareness Month: It's On Us, It's In Us

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month: It's On Us, It's In Us

Ary Smith

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month …

StoryCenter is currently recognizing the importance of speaking out about rape and abuse by sharing new and archived pieces from our blog.  At StoryCenter, we’re grateful for our ongoing collaboration with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, which distributes our first Silence Speaks DVD, “Stories to End Violence.”  Today's piece comes from Sally J. Laskey, NSVRC Director of Special Projects.

It's On Us, It's In Us

By Sally J. Laskey, National Sexual Violence Resource Center

My story closely mirrors the story of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).  They are both about activism.  I was raised by activists and teachers. Some people (like my mother) would say that I have always had an agenda.  SAAM definitely has an agenda to prevent sexual violence. Working at the National Sexual Violence Resource, I am inspired by the activist stories I hear every day, but many people still feel very alone in this work. Digital storytelling is a vehicle for sexual assault prevention activists to capture their histories and build new futures.

This year, the SAAM theme is about preventing sexual violence on campus.  It’s on us to tell our stories. My agenda right now is to encourage all activists to share their activism stories. It’s in each of us. These are our stories, and we should be the ones telling them. If you need some inspiration, check out this webinar series on Digital Storytelling for Community-Based Public Health.

There are many easy ways to start sharing your activism story.  The NSVRC is collecting successful bystander intervention stories and curating a #30daysofSAAM collection on Instagram. It’s time for action; we invite you to join us.

To get breaking news about SAAM resources and events, follow our SAAM Blog.