Your 2019 Guide to Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

At RAINN, we’re dedicated to supporting survivors of sexual violence every day of the year—but each April we do a little something different. April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) and this year our theme is Awareness to Action. During #SAAPM we ask individuals and communities across the country to engage with this issue that affects nearly every household in America by learning more about sexual violence, sharing important statistics and information, hosting events, volunteering, and donating. 

Each week in April we’re featuring different ways you can get involved by promoting awareness and taking action. Want to get involved but need help getting started? We’ve got you covered. That’s why we created custom SAAPM graphics for you to share, tweet, and tag with @RAINN throughout the month, as well as many other resources below.

Scroll to explore or click to jump to each week of SAAPM to see how you can get involved.

 

College or High School Student? Try RAINN Day

RAINN Day is an annual day of action this year held on Thursday, April 4, to help raise awareness about sexual violence on campus. You can participate by hosting a RAINN Day event in your community. Download our 2019 Event Planning Guide to get started.

How You Can Stay Involved All Month Long

Checking your social media feeds anyway today? Follow RAINN on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook where we’ll be sharing information, statistics, and graphics, and gifs for SAAPM throughout the month of April. Share our posts, tag @RAINN, and encourage others to do the same.

 

Week 1: Speak Out

During the first week of SAAPM, we’re hoping you can help us raise awareness of sexual violence in three simple ways.

  • Post a photo on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook of a blue triangle on your hand on Thursday, April 4 to show your support of RAINN Day. A blue triangle represents a megaphone to remind us to use our voices to spread awareness about sexual violence.
  • Change your Facebook profile photo to include RAINN SAAPM frame. Available on Facebook on April 1. Search RAINN SAAPM 2019 to find it.
  • Tell one person in your life about RAINN and SAAPM.
  • What to share? This week, encourage others to speak out by sharing our custom-made posts below on social media:
    • Every 92 seconds another person is sexually assaulted. Speak out during Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month with @RAINN. rainn.org/SAAPM #SAAPM
    • I speak out because I believe that every survivor deserves a safe place to find help. Speak out with me this Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Visit: rainn.org/SAAPM #SAAPM

Week 2: Support Survivors and Yourself

The second week of SAAPM is focused on sharing information about how you can support survivors and practice self care. Here are a few ways you can make it happen.

  • Choose a self-care activity to participate in at some point this week. Think about going for a long walk, spending time in nature, spending time with supportive friends, journaling, or do something else that makes you feel strong, healthy, and cared for. For a little inspiration, take a look at RAINN’s self-care ideas.
  • Order free print materials from RAINN’s online store, or print flyers/postcards from RAINN’s website, and post them in a coffee shop or other frequently visited area in your community.
  • Share the National Sexual Assault Hotline number on social media: 800.656.HOPE (4673) or chat online at online.rainn.org.
  • What to share? This week, encourage others to support survivors by sharing our custom-made posts below on social media:
    • I #SupportSurvivors. If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, help is available. Call @RAINN at 800.656.HOPE or visit online.rainn.org. #SAAPM
    • When sexual violence is in the news, it can bring up difficult emotions for survivors. If you’re experiencing this, @RAINN is here to #SupportSurvivors every day: online.rainn.org. #SAAPM

Week 3: Stay Educated

This week is about staying educated. Below are a few quick and simple ways you can share information about sexual violence prevention with your community.

  • Share RAINN’s SAAPM graphics (above!).
  • Read one new article on RAINN’s website. Then share it.
  • Learn the laws in your state with our State Law Tool and share one that you didn’t know about before on your social media accounts. Tag us @RAINN with #SAAPM.
  • What to share? This week, encourage others to educate theselves and their communities by sharing our custom-made posts below on social media:
    • Every 9 minutes a child is sexually assaulted in the U.S. Get the facts at rainn.org/SAAPM. #SAAPM @RAINN
    • Staying educated about sexual assault is key to ending it. Follow @RAINN to learn key facts, ways to find support, and to get involved during Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month. #SAAPM

 

Week 4: Take Action 

Week four is about turning the awareness you have cultivated earlier in the month into action. There are many ways you can take action to support survivors in your community. Check out a few of our suggestions below.

  • Write a post on social media about why you support RAINN and tag us @RAINN.
  • Sign up to volunteer on the National Sexual Assault Hotline.
  • Donate or encourage others to by starting a fundraiser of your own for RAINN.
  • What to share? This week, encourage others to take action by sharing our custom-made posts below on social media:
    • For #SAAPM I’m taking Awareness to Action with @RAINN by [insert how you support survivors here]. You can take action too: rainn.org/SAAPM
    • Federal and state laws affect how survivors can find justice after sexual violence. You can make a difference in your state. Take action during #SAAPM: https://www.rainn.org/action-center
    • As a volunteer with the National Sexual Assault Hotline, you will help survivors every day. Sign up for the next training: rainn.org/volunteer
    • $42 helps one survivor on the hotline. This #SAAPM, your gift is matched. Join me in making sure every survivor has support: donate.rainn.org.

Week 5: Today and Every Day 

As SAAPM wraps up, we remember that the work to end sexual violence continues throughout the year. Going forward, you can continue the work you have started this April in a variety of ways.

  • Donate
  • Volunteer
  • Sign up for RAINN’s newsletter 
  • What to share? Keep the conversation about sexual assault in your community active by sharing our custom-made posts below on social media and remember to tag @RAINN:
    • The National Sexual Assault Hotline offers confidential, anonymous support to survivors 24/7/365. It’s never too late to get help. 800.656.HOPE & online.rainn.org. #SAAPM
    • Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month may be coming to an end, but the work to get survivors the support and justice that they deserve is just starting. Help us today and every day: donate.rainn.org
    • Survivors need your support now more than ever. Become a volunteer for the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline. Sign up: rainn.org/volunteer

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