Parents: It’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Help Stop Campus Sexual Assault

Parents: It’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Help Stop Campus Sexual Assault

Prevention is possible. That’s the theme of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) 2016. Throughout April, organizations combating campus sexual assault are working to increase awareness of the issue. Sponsored by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, SAAM provides motivation and support to promote involvement by individuals, organizations, and communities to prevent sexual violence everywhere, including on campuses.

Keep Her Safe agrees that “prevention is possible.” Parents are working together to press college and university administrators to implement more effective practices to stop rape on campus.

If you’re the parent of a high school or middle school student, April is a great time to join with other concerned parents to make a difference. Across the US, parents are working in small groups to target the area schools where their children will likely apply. These coordinated efforts are letting administrators know that when we send our kids to college, we expect that research and resources are dedicated to keeping them safe from sexual violence.

Participate in Sexual Assault Awareness Month

  1. Visit KeepHerSafe.org to learn how you can help stop the epidemic of campus sexual assault.
  2. Join with other parents in your community to target the large colleges and universities where local students are likely to apply.
  3. Email KHS@KeepHerSafe.org to register your group and receive a customized Keep Her Safe Chapter Guide.
  4. Make three calls to the schools your group decides to target and begin the process to make those campuses safer from sexual assault.

Reading the headlines about rapes on campus, it’s easy to feel helpless. But there is power in numbers, and when parents work together and make campus sexual assault a consumer issue, we have an impact.

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Sheri Heitker Dixon is the founder of Keep Her Safe, a non-profit organization committed to making college campuses safe from sexual assault.

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