Our fact sheets, flyers, and brochures are a great place to start. Share expert information at your school, church, or rec center. Want more than you can print at home? Email [firstname.lastname@example.org] to find out about how to order more copies!
Get involved with positive social campaigns, such as the It’s On Us, No More, or other awareness programs. Share pictures, information, and articles from reputable sources. To find viral content more easily, you can try “liking” organizations like the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA), and Know Your IX on Facebook or following these same groups on Twitter.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is held annually in April. There may be events happening at your school or in your community. For more information, you can contact your local rape crisis center. Nothing happening where you are? You can organize an event! Here are some resources from the NSVRC and MCASA to help you get started.
Classes, workshops, PSAs—however they choose to do it, your school should be involved in helping to create a safe environment. Talk to a trusted teacher, mentor, or school administrator about what you’d like to see happen.
Do you participate, work, or volunteer with a youth program, such as a tutoring group, big brother-big sister program, a church youth group, or a sports team? You can ask your supervisors about implementing child sexual abuse prevention measures, such as policies about how children and adults interact and how staff and volunteers are trained. Interested program leaders can learn more about preventing child sexual abuse in this brochure or on this page.
Your local rape crisis center has a variety of volunteer opportunities available, including working as a hotline operator. Many of these programs have age limits or availability requirements. If you don’t meet these requirements—or you’re not interested in working on a hotline—ask if you can support their work in other ways, such as helping with administrative tasks, distributing materials, or providing babysitting or child care for the organization.
Talk to your family, your friends, and your classmates. Let people know that rape isn’t funny and that you know they can do better than making demeaning comments.