How to Get Involved in Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month 2020

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 we’re focusing on the vital role that loved ones play in supporting survivors.

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, bringing together our community, volunteering, and donating. This year, we’ll have a special emphasis on how you can help virtually.

Want to help survivors without leaving your house? We’ve got you covered. Below we have everything you need—you can learn about how to support survivors in your life, get resources to share online, and check out our custom #SAAPM graphics so you can easily share, tweet, and tag with @RAINN throughout the month.

Check out our video below of survivors in the RAINN Speakers Bureau sharing what it was like telling someone for the first time. For more videos, click here!

Looking to Support Someone? Remember to TALK

Talking about sexual assault is hard. For many survivors, the reaction of the first person they disclose to, often a friend or family member, can have a huge effect on their healing process.

That’s why we’re focusing on how family and friends of survivors can support their loved ones after assault. We’re using the acronym “TALK” to remind people how they can respond to a disclosure of sexual assault. Each week in April, we’ll release an infographic that expands on the letters in the acronym. Learn more about each step of the TALK method and get helpful infographics here. 

Download the Family and Friends Toolkit

From discussing what emotions you might feel when someone discloses, to tips for providing short-term and long-term support, check out RAINN’s guide for loved ones hoping to support someone in their life.

Safe Helpline Social Media Takeover - April 7

On April 7, DoD Safe Helpline will take over RAINN’s social media accounts to share how Safe Helpline meets the needs of survivors of sexual assault in the Department of Defense (DoD) community. Learn more about what Safe Helpline is doing this SAAPM with the Safe Helpline SAAPM 2020 Toolkit.

Spread Awareness on RAINN Day - April 14

RAINN Day is an annual day of action—this year held on Tuesday, April 14—to help raise awareness about sexual violence on college campuses. We know that many colleges have gone virtual for the time being, and so has RAINN Day! Our virtual study breaks feature a yoga session from teacher Jackie Reilly, reading and Q&A with author Stephen Chbosky, and a musical performance by singer-songwriter Jade Bird. You can help us get loud and spread the word online on April 14. Download our 2020 Planning Guide to get started.

Post a Photo on Denim Day - April 29

Denim Day will take place on Wednesday, April 29. This annual, national day of awareness enourages participants to wear jeans or other denim clothing as symbols of believing survivors and not blaming them for sexual assault based on what they were wearing at the time. Follow RAINN’s Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to get updates and post your own #DenimDay photo in solidarity.

Engage on Social Media All Month Long

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

For shareable graphics and ready-to-go social media messages, check out our social media toolkit.

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95¢ of your dollar will go directly to RAINN’s programs and services supporting survivors and bringing perpetrators to justice. When you give to RAINN, you’re not just donating to an organization—you’re helping to improve the lives of thousands of people affected by sexual violence.

Volunteer

When you volunteer for RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Hotline, you get extensive training and join a community of individuals working to provide free, confidential, 24/7 support through phone and chat to survivors and loved ones.

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