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AprilAs part of Alianza’s recognition of April as National Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Prevention Month we would like to list a few readings and resources:

  1. Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being: A Network for Action 2013 Resource Guide supports service providers in their work with parents, caregivers, and their children to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. It focuses on the six protective factors, which have been proven to reduce the risk of abuse and neglect, and provides tools and strategies to integrate the protective factors into existing programs and systems.  See Working With Families: The Six Protective Factors.  Lea en Español/Read in Spanish).

  2. The Goal of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.  For more information go to: http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/sexual-assault-awareness-month-home

  3. We recommend two blogs by Olga Trujillo, an attorney, child abuse survivor and women’s advocate: How to Help Someone who has been Sexually Abused or Raped at www.olgatrujillo.com and The Power of Culture at http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-sum-my-parts/201304/the-power-culture

  4. For SAAM outreach tools in Spanish see Arte Sana’s work on http://pinterest.com/creactivista/saam-actividades/ including their new digital outreach tool SAAM! Dichos or popular sayings that can be used for discussing & dismantling rape culture assumptions with Spanish-speaking populations. You can also visit and Like Arte Sana’s Face Book page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arte-Sana/394771965120

  5. Learn about Working to End the Rape Kit Backlog (a project of the Joyful Heart Foundation) at http://www.joyfulheartfoundation.org/advocacy_rapekitbacklog.htm Every year, more than 200,000 individuals report their rape to the police. Almost all are asked to have a rape kit collected in order to help identify unknown perpetrators, confirm the presence of a known assailant, corroborate the victim's account of the rape, and exonerate innocent suspects. To accomplish these things, the kits must be tested. Yet, in the United States, it is estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits in police storage and crime lab facilities simply waiting to be tested. Untested rape kits represent lost justice for rape victims, as they often mean a rape investigation was cut short before the offender could be brought to justice. Joyful Heart is seeking justice for survivors by working in partnership with government, nonprofits, advocates and survivors to bring attention, funding and new legislation to reduce the backlog of untested rape kits across the country.