Sexual Assault Awareness Month
March is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Kentucky!
This is an annual opportunity to focus attention statewide on raising awareness about sexual violence and its prevention. It is also an opportunity to highlight the efforts of individuals and agencies that provide rape crisis intervention and prevention services while offering support to sexual assault survivors, victims and their families. SAAM raises awareness of sexual violence and its prevention through special events, while highlighting sexual violence as a major public health issue and reinforcing the need for prevention efforts.
Kentucky is unique in honoring March as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, as April is nationally designated as SAAM. Nonetheless, Kentuckians recognize SAAM in March because that simply works better here. In Kentucky, April is Child Abuse Awareness Month (visit www.pcaky.org ), and many of our Rape Crisis Centers participate in awareness campaigns for both. Furthermore, for many of our schools, Spring Break occurs during March, and the pre-Spring Break period appears to be ideal for sexual assault awareness and prevention activities.
If you would also like to support National SAAM efforts, we encourage you to visit http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/ for more information.
- 2013 Planning Guide for Rape Crisis Centers (PDF)
- Kentucky National Guard actively participates in Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Awards - Honoring the History of Kentucky's Anti-Rape Movement
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Awards (SAAMys) are designed to honor individuals who have made exceptional contributions to Kentucky’s movement against sexual victimization. SAAMy recipients are selected by a committee of victim service professional from a pool of nominations submitted from individuals throughout the Commonwealth.
Sexual Assault Awareness Committee (SAAC) Mission Statement: Raise awareness of sexual violence through advocacy and collaboration by being a voice for social change in Kentucky.
Sexual Assault Awareness Committee (SAAC) Vision Statement: To provide quality comprehensive services and support to end sexual violence.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Award Recipients & Resolutions:
Elizabeth (Missy) Rittinger, St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Rick Bartley, Pike County Commonwealth Attorney
Senate Resolution 185
House Resolution 115
Shelly S. Miller
Senate Resolution 135
House Resolution 145
Chief Terry Powell
Rep. Joni Jenkins
Detective Jodi Ennis
Dr. Hatim Omar
Dr. William Smock
Sen. Jeffery Green, In Memoriam
Carol E. Jordan
Rep. Jimmie Lee
Judi Conway Patton
This project was supported by Grant Number VAWA ARRA-2009-KASAP-00034 awarded through the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The Opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women or the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.