This April, we’ll ask you to Shape Ohio Together! The past couple of years have been especially hard, and it’s more important than ever to educate our communities about sexual violence, services available for survivors, and how we can work to prevent this violence.
Join us for 2023 Sexual Assault Awareness Month by using this resource we’ve created for you!
Our 2023 SAAM Theme
It’s easier to address complex problems if we work together. Sexual violence is 100% preventable—and everyone can play a role in that prevention. And everyone can play a role in supporting survivors who are harmed before we make that a reality. OAESV’s 2023 Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign builds on this vision with a call to action, “Shape Ohio Together.”
Apart, we can only do so much; together, we can do a lot more. Together we can make a difference in the movement. We can provide comprehensive, coordinated rape crisis services to survivors. We can emphasize primary prevention, including efforts to change social norms, behaviors, and practices to cultivate a community climate free from violence. There is power and strength in the collective.
How can we use what we learn to shape the future? How can we take our collective ideas and strengths and turn them into action? Can we shape legislation? Can we shape school policies? Can we shape ideas, beliefs, and misconceptions?
Will you join us this April by sharing educational resources, participating in the #30DaysofSAAM Instagram Challenge, embracing the continuing education resources we’ve created, and more?
How to Use This Toolkit
In our toolkit, you’ll find various tools for brainstorming and planning. These resources and social media content will support you in providing services to survivors and in educating and engaging your communities during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
We hope these tools will allow you to spark conversations in your communities with the ultimate goal of serving and supporting survivors, engaging co-survivors and community members, and raising funds to support the sustainability of your programs.
Providing the Best Services to Survivors
We have created several resources that are built to help survivors receive the services they need and assist advocates to increase the effectiveness of services. Feel free to share them digitally or download and print as many copies as you like and distribute to your communities and to survivors and co-survivors who may find them helpful.
- Engaging Men Resource Booklet
- Sexual Violence and Disability Infographic
- Best Practices for Attorneys Working with LGBTQIA+ Clients Infographic
- Courtroom Guide for Survivors
- Building Your SART, Expanding Your SART, and Networking & Debrief Graphic Illustrations
- School-Based Prevention Roadmap
- Overcoming Barriers to Prevention Infographic
- Addressing Prevention Barriers Handout
- Prevention Capacity Assessment Report
- Prevention Resource Guide
- Expert Testimony Toolkit
- Teal Talk Podcast Relaunch
- RCC Map of Ohio
Engaging Your Community During (and After) SAAM
- Mark Your Calendars
- Now, Mark Our Calendars, Please!
- Zoom & Teams Backgrounds
- Facebook Profile Picture Frame
- Instagram Story Stickers
- Share Away! Social Media Templates & Graphics for Your Platforms
Planning for SAAM in Your Community
- Using Additional Resources from National Organizations