Together, we can build connected communitiesBy Breckan Winters, NRCDV Senior Program Specialist

“We spend our lives traveling through trauma. Our community, our home, needs to be a place that makes us feel whole.” – Rev. Dr. Aleese Moore-Orbih

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) this April, we’re excited to uplift the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s theme for SAAM 2024, Building Connected Communities. As NSVRC reminds us, “community is powerful. Community creates a sense of belonging and reminds us of how our beliefs, choices, and actions impact one another.” Our communities can be sites of tangible support and hope during hard times, places where we both give and receive care. Community connection is a key protective factor to prevent violence, and a healing balm when harm does occur. It is an antidote to white supremacy, patriarchy, and other interlocking systems of oppression that fuel gender-based violence.

Whether you’re planting seeds at a community garden, contributing to mutual aid networks for survivors, or investing your organization’s resources in meaningful, collaborative relationships with leaders in your community, we invite you to consider what building connected communities means for you this SAAM. Check out the following new resources and activities this month:Self-Managed Abortion, Domestic Violence, and the Law

And don’t miss these key materials on SAAM, connectedness, and building community: