April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and advocates and organizations are taking action to ensure that the needs of all sexual violence survivors are understood and addressed throughout (and beyond) the global challenges created by COVID-19. 

In the US, an estimated one in three women has experienced some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. Since the onset of the COVID-19 Crisis, reports of domestic violence have dramatically spiked across the globe, as direct response and prevention organizations focus on maintaining access to critical services while under social distancing orders and transitions to virtual services. 

This Take Action Tuesday, advocate to ensure that all survivors’ needs are understood and addressed through legislative action.

  • Join Our Virtual Town Hall. Join AIT next week for a virtual town hall, Advocating for Survivors During COVID, as we join survivor-centric advocacy and policy experts to discuss the current challenges, legislative priorities, and what you can do to help. Claim your free registration here!
  • Practice Virtual Advocacy. Legislation is being rapidly created to respond to the new and growing needs created by the COVID-19 Crisis. Check out the RALIANCE District Advocacy Toolkit,and find tips on how you can advocate for survivors in your community by hosting virtual meetings with your legislators.
  • Share COVID-19 Resources. Find additional information and resources for survivors by visiting AIT’s COVID-19 Resource Center, and help to spread the word to your networks.

If you need immediate assistance please contact the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).