April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. As we continue to advocate educate, and grow, this month provides a special opportunity to engage our communities and learn together. At NJCASA, we are committed to preventing sexual violence and supporting survivors through the centering of anti-oppression and anti-racist principles. That’s why, this year, NJCASA’s SAAM campaign theme is Fostering Accessible, Safe Spaces.
As we work towards liberation from sexual violence, we know that we are stronger when we stand together. Effective collective advocacy, prevention, and healing require us to be inclusive and uplift all voices in the movement, especially of those with marginalized identities.
Social Media Campaign
Join us on social media this April for our SAAM social media campaign: Fostering Accessible, Safe Spaces! Learn with us as we share a series of posts about building an accessible anti-sexual violence movement.
Each week, we will focus on a theme related to creating inclusive, collaborative spaces. Check out our schedule:
- Week 1 (4/4-4/8)- Practicing Cultural Humility
- Week 2 (4/11-15)- Disability Justice
- Week 3 (4/18- 4/22)- Language Justice & Access
- Week 4 (4/25-29)- Self & Community Care
Interested in sharing our posts?
Check out our SAAM SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLKIT with all our infographics available for download (in English & Spanish).
Local sexual violence programs across New Jersey are hosting both in-person and virtual events and activities throughout Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
April 5 | YWTV SAAM History and more
Simaza Sadek, healingSPACE Director, will discuss the history of SAAM and the programming and support healingSPACE can offer to those impacted by sexual violence.
Event hosted by healingSPACE Hotline Services Dept. Anyone interested in joining can contact Chloe Adel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-345-1908.
April 7 | Get to Know HealingSPACE Virtual Event
Event is hosted by Maddy Doubet, healingSPACE Clinical Case Manager from 5:00 – 7:00 pm via Zoom. Anyone interested in joining can contact Maddy Doubet at email@example.com or 201-881-1755.
Event hosted by Chloe Adel, healingSPACE Hotline Services Supervisor via zoom.. Anyone interested in joining can contact Maddy Doubet at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-881-1755.
Event hosted by Dr. Jesselly De La Cruz, healingSPACE Clinical Supervisor via zoom. Anyone interested in joining can contact Maddy Doubet at email@example.com or 201-881-1755.
April 20 | Bergen County Commission’s SAAM Presentation
Simaza Sadek, healingSPACE Director, will be accepting the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Resolution from the Bergen County Commissioners at their upcoming meeting. healingSPACE will be recognized for their continued support and the uninterrupted services they provided to their clients during COVID-19. Event starts at 7pm and is taking place at One Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack.
April 28 | Digital Consent Presentation
Hosted by Dana Carter,healingSPACE Prevention Coordinator at 4:30 pm via Zoom. Anyone interested in joining can contact Dana Carter at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-881-1754.
April 28 | Virtual Coffee House in honor of SAAM
Event is hosted by healingSPACE and will be taking place from 6:30 – 7:30 pm via zoom. Anyone interested in joining can contact Maddy Doubet at email@example.com or 201-881-1755.
Join Harambe Social Services at 5:00 pm on April 21, 2022 at Rutgers University, Camden for part two of an open and candid conversation, about sexual and domestic violence in the LGBTQIA+ community. More information available here.
April 24 | Sexual Violence Awareness Walk
Join SAVE of Essex for their Sexual Violence Awareness Walk to support survivors of sexual violence and
raise awareness during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
April 29 | Manavi Community Event
Join Manavi for their Manavi Community Event for SAAM on April 29th, 2022 starting at 6:30 pm at Indian Consulate, NY. RSVP for the event at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 27 | Sexual Violence Awareness Event
Join the Community Affairs and Resource Center on April 27th in Asbury Park, NJ for their Sexual Violence Awareness Event. See flyer for additional details.
This is a virtual evening of creative expression, which will be open to any survivors in NJ who would like to share their stories or creative expression pieces in the form of art, music, poetry, spoken word, etc. It’s also open to any allies or advocates who are interested in supporting the cause. We will be sharing about our services, the importance of creativity in healing, and having messages of support and artistic pieces shared throughout the night. To register please use this link here and indicate if you would like to participate by sharing a creative piece or attend in support of the cause.
April 22 | Take Back the Night Walk
Take Back the Night is an event that raises awareness, empowers individuals, and inspires action that will bring an end to sexual violence. In its earliest forms, in the 1970’s, it spotlighted violence against women and their ability to be safe while being in the streets at night, for whatever their purpose. The present-day mission recognizes individuals of all gender identities from all around the world. This annual event is observed in 30 different countries. Morris County Sexual Assault Center is hosting a Take Back the Night Walk on April 22nd at Picatinny Arsenal starting at 6pm until midnight. For any questions, please call Alberta Cole at 973.724.3463. To register please sign up here.
April 21st | Sexual Violence and the Law
Join Wafa House for Sexual Violence and the Law, hosted by Mena Mohammed, Wafa House Preventionist, with Maria Reynolds and Lisa Nicole Roskos from Partners of NJ. Join April 21st 6pm on Facebook Live.
April 25 | Sexual Assault Protection Act 101
On Monday April 25th at 1pm, the Passaic County Women’s Center in collaboration with Northeast New Jersey Legal Services will be hosting a presentation on the basics of the Sexual Assault Protection Act on zoom.
April 30 | PCWC Run/Fun Walk
Enjoy a 2.3 mile walk/fun run with amazing views of the NYC skyline with friends and family at beautiful Garret Mountain Reservation.
April 28 | SAAM RoundTable Discussion
Join Union County Rape Crisis Center and YWCA Union County for a roundtable discussion about the role of men in preventing sexual assault & all forms of violence against women.
Join Safe+Sound Somerset on Facebook Live (@safesoundsomerset) at 12:00pm to hear our conversation with Evelyn, volunteer CSVA to learn about this special role and her experiences supporting survivors of sexual violence.
April 20 | Ask Ava Anything!
Don’t you wish you had someone to ask anything? Well, you can Ask Ava! Safe+Sound Somerset will be online all day fielding your questions and posting answers about sexual violence, consent, healthy relationships, their services, and more! Make sure to follow them on Instagram and Facebook @safesoundsomerset
to post your questions and view the Q+As in their stories throughout the day.
Join Safe+Sound Somerset for their webinar in which they will define sexual violence and consent; identify warning signs that someone has experienced sexual violence or abuse; review survivor services and the role of the Sexual Assault Response Team in supporting survivors; and provide tips and tools for supporting survivors of sexual violence and safely connecting them to services at Safe+Sound Somerset. Registration is required.
April 27 | Denim Day
Take a stand by asking your employer to encourage everyone to Wear Jeans (Teal Top Optional)
on #DeninDay in support of survivors and sexual assault awareness! If you are interested in
participating, email email@example.com for Safe+Sound Somerset’s #DenimDay Toolkit.
- Guidelines for social media can be found on Princeton University’s guidelines for social media accessibility webpage.
- University of Colorado Boulder’s has shared zoom accessibility recommendations on sound quality, video, chat, screen sharing, captioning, recording, transcripts, ASL Interpretation, breakout rooms, and polling.
- National LGBTQIA+ Health Center
- The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center
- Demonstration LGBTQ Access
- National Center for Transgender Equality
- The Safe Zone Project
- Garden State Equality
- The Mazzoni Center
- Genderbread Person
Language Justice & Access
- The Deaf Advocacy Project (DAP) is the only project in New Jersey that focuses on ending domestic and sexual violence within the Deaf community. The DAP team includes employees and volunteer advocates who are all Deaf. DAP works to build the capacity of domestic/sexual violence service providers and our allied partners to provide holistic, culturally appropriate services to Deaf survivors
- Antena Aire, a language justice collective, provides an array of language justice resources for organizers, facilitations, and interpreters.
- Esperanza United is an organization working to mobilize Latinx communities to end gender-based violence. The organization works with communities, other service providers, and systems to ensure Latinas, their families, and our communities receive culturally relevant advocacy and quality, appropriate, and effective resources. Esperanza United has created a toolkit that provides resources and support to build language access as a core service for survivors with limited English proficiency (LEP).
- Mendoza Translations is a comprehensive language service provider with the mission to bridge the communication gap by providing language services of the highest quality, in a timely manner, at affordable rates.
- Resource Sharing Project (RSP) works with advocacy programs, sexual assault coalitions, and state/territory administering agencies to support sexual violence survivors’ healing.
- New Jersey Judiciary Interpreter Directory– Though the list was created for the NJ Courts, this directory includes contact information for various agencies and individual freelancers offering language interpretation services
- Link Translations– A list of language interpreters in New Jersey.