Awareness Months

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

While organized protests against sexual violence and other violence against women have taken place for many years, it wasn’t until the early 1980s – with October being designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month – that these activities started to become more coordinated.  In the late 1980s, sexual assault advocates and anti-sexual violence activists followed suit and designated one week in April as Sexual Assault Awareness Week.  By the late 1990s, advocates were coordinating activities to raise awareness of sexual assault throughout the entire month of April and National Sexual Assault Month was born.

To learn more about National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, visit the National Sexual Violence Resources Center’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month web page. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center hosts the national Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign, providing information and materials for upcoming and past campaigns to state, territory, tribal, and local organizations and groups working to promote sexual assault awareness in their own communities.

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