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Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
National Child Abuse Prevention Month


Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

National Sexual Assault Hotline April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Help raise awareness about sexual violence by visiting the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) website. Download and share campaign content which is available in English and Spanish.

OVC is committed to improving services for sexual assault victims. With support from two OVC Vision 21 cooperative agreements, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) provides free, confidential support services for English and Spanish-speaking survivors of sexual assault through its National Sexual Assault Online Hotline (La Línea de Ayuda Nacional Online del Asalto Sexual).

In addition to services in English, Spanish-language survivors and their loved ones can receive support from trained support specialists through the Online Hotline or by calling RAINN at 800–656–HOPE (4673). RAINN also offers an online services help room (La Sala de Ayuda) support service which offers peer support for Spanish-speaking survivors of sexual assault.

Service providers are encouraged to visit our Sexual Abuse or Violence page which offers publications, frequently asked questions, and related resources.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month April is also National Child Abuse Prevention Month. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to raise awareness and promote strategies that address the risk factors surrounding child abuse.

OVC resources that support efforts to protect and assist children and youth include:

The HALOS Strategy: Community Collaborations for Children
An innovative program based in Charleston, S.C., Helping and Lending Outreach Support (HALOS) provides resources and special opportunities to abused and neglected children and their caregivers through partnerships with faith-based and other community organizations. This toolkit offers lessons learned and suggests strategies for establishing programs like HALOS wherever foster families and relatives need additional support for the children in their care.

Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma
Too many of our Nation’s children experience violence and trauma every day—in their homes, schools, and communities. Trauma left unaddressed can have serious consequences for children and youth as they grow up. “Through Our Eyes” encourages everyone to act to protect children from crime and abuse and help them heal from trauma.

A Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by Drugs
This seven-video series and companion resource guide weaves Native stories and cultural practices from across the Nation to show many of the ways children, families, and communities are healing from drug endangerment. This resource highlights a range of culturally relevant approaches to inspire communities to develop, enhance, and share their own responses to these issues.

For additional resources, view the Child Abuse and Sexual Abuse section of our site and the National Criminal Justice Reference Service’s Child Abuse Special Feature.

Previously Featured Resources

March 2017: 2017 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW)

February 2017: February Is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

January 2017: January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Featured in: July - December 2016 | January - June 2016