Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2023
Venita, Ashley, and Lisa, DAASV Team
April is designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and in 2023, this marks the 22nd anniversary of SAAM! During April, SAAM focuses on raising awareness of the impact of sexual violence, providing education and promoting available resources, and uplifting survivors' voices.
Each year, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) centers a theme around SAAM. This year is: “Drawing Connections: Prevention Demands Equity.” Intervention - such as the availability of trauma-informed, culturally competent services - and prevention - which can look like trainings or implementation of policies to protect survivors - are both necessary when addressing sexual violence. How can we expect the reduction of sexual violence without focusing on the root causes of why this violence continues? The short answer? We can’t.
“Drawing Connections: Prevention Demands Equity” calls on individuals, advocates, and organizations - to build equitable services that reach all community members. Sexual violence can and does affect anyone, yet some populations experience higher rates of violence and are also negatively impacted by intersectional systems of oppression. These systems, which include but are not limited to racism, sexism, ageism, and transphobia, only exacerbate the rates of abuse. So, to fully address the prevention of sexual violence means also addressing these intersectional systems of oppression.
This year, the Delaware Alliance Against Sexual Violence (DAASV) is hosting events throughout Delaware.
The Clothesline Project is one such event. The Clothesline Project is a visual display of t-shirts - designed by survivors, friends, family, or even community members - that raises awareness of the vast impact of sexual violence.
You can find the Clothesline Project at:
DAASV was formally recognized as Delaware’s designated sexual assault coalition, effective September 1, 2020. Our mission is to address sexual violence in Delaware by creating an inclusive community that supports survivors through advocacy, intervention, and awareness. www.delawarealliance.org