My Goals for this Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

As you may or may not know, April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).

This April, I am taking on the three following goals related to sexual violence awareness and, of course, human trafficking (I hope you make a goal or two for yourself as well):

  1. Reading Girls Like Us, a memoir by Rachel Lloyd, the Ex. Dir. of GEMS, a program for girls who have been trafficked in NYC. Rachel was also trafficked as a teenager.
  2. Attending the Demand Change Project seminar on May 3-4. If you have read my past blogs, you know that I attended the first time they had this event, two years ago. I am very excited to support Breaking Free and to learn more about human trafficking.
  3. Trying to write more blogs this month about topics related to sexual violence and human trafficking for awareness purposes. I have a feeling most of my posts may be reflections that come out of my #1 goal.

If you are interested in learning more about sexual violence in America so that you can educate your friends, family, coworkers and network, check out the following sites. (Confession: I have not quite read all of them…but I have read other articles/posts in the past, so I trust their content):

www.breakingfree.net – Breaking Free, a nonprofit that supports trafficked women.

http://www.mngirlsnotforsale.org/ – Campaign by the Women’s Foundation of MN against the trafficking of MN girls.

http://www.sourceannex.org/ – Annex is a branch of Source MN, a small nonprofit who works with trafficked women and raises awareness on local human trafficking.

http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/ – go to “Programs that Help” and “Combating Human Trafficking” and/or “Anti-Pornography.”

http://www.nsvrc.org/ – National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

http://rainn.org/ – Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network.

http://theresurgence.com/2013/04/04/resources-for-sexual-assault-awareness-month – Christian perspective and resources related to Sexual Violence, especially in regards to children.

I know there are tons more for resources out there. Feel free to comment if you have any other resources related to SAAM!

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