The month of April has been designated as Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. It is a time to raise awareness about the prevalence and devastating effects of these behaviors and crimes, and to educate individuals, families, and communities about what they can do to prevent and put a stop to them.
Creating public awareness is an important first step in preventing child abuse and neglect and sexual assault.
The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual assault/violence. The 2012 SAAM campaign provides tools and resources that focus on promoting positive expressions of sexuality and healthy behaviors. Promoting healthy behaviors encourages sexual interactions and relationships that are consensual, respectful and informed. By starting the conversation, this dialogue can build safe, healthy relationships and communities. This primary prevention approach helps to create environments where people are safe in their relationships, families, neighborhoods, schools, work places and communities.
On the SAAM site, http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/current-campaign you will find information and materials in English and Spanish. Local organizations can tailor the campaign materials to their local communities.