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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

It's Time to Talk About It

The Metropolitan Police Department joins law enforcement agencies and partners across the nation in recognizing the importance of education and awareness surrounding sexual assault and sexual violence. During the month of April, MPD will help spread the message during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center will also be offering several programs to help bring the issues to light and educate the nation about the importance of taking a stand and being a part of the solution to ending sexual violence.


Poster Campaign

MPD developed a poster campaign to discourage date rape and sexual predation in area clubs. The posters have been printed in English and Spanish and distributed to area nightclubs, universities, and other locations around the District of Columbia.


Metro Day of Action -- April 22, 2013

In partnership with the Network for Victim Recovery of DC, the Metropolitan Police Department will collaborate on a public awareness campaign-Metro Day of Action on April 22, 2013.   Staff will distribute educational literature and teal awareness wristbands with information on where to access assistance if you are a survivor of sexual assault.  This outreach will highlight another effort the Department is facilitating to address sexual assault in the community.


Video: "A Needed Response"

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, MPD added this student-created video. Samantha Stendal, a film student at the University of Oregon, produced the video to encourage college-aged men to treat their female friends with respect and dignity, particularly when they are at their most vulnerable.


Video: How MPD Investigates Sexual Abuse

Assistant Chief Peter Newsham, head of MPD's Investigative Services Bureau, discusses the way the agency approaches sexual abuse investigations and works to ensure fair treatment and justice for the victim.


Twitter Conversations Every Tuesday in April with NSVRC

Tweet about it! Tuesdays are chats happening on Twitter every Tuesday in April as a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Join experts for a one-hour live discussion of child sexual abuse prevention and the role all adults can play in promoting healthy development. Learn more about these chats at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center's SAAM website.

  • Tuesday, April 2 @ 2pm EST
    SAAM Day of Action
    Hosted by Dr. Janet Rosenzweig (@JanetRosenzweig), expert committed to promoting sexual health and safety.
  • Tuesday, April 9 @ 2pm EST
    In partnership with the Pennslvania Coalition Against Rape (@PCARorg)
    Hosted by @PCARorg and Tara Murtha (@taramurtha), reporter for Philadelphia Weekly and teacher at Temple University.
  • Tuesday, April 16 @ 2pm EST
    Preventing sexual violence in Latin@ communities
    Hosted by Casa de Esperanza (@casadeesperanza), mobilizing Latinas and Latino communities to end domestic violence.
  • Tuesday, April 23 @ 2pm EST
    In partnership with the Pennslvania Coalition Against Rape (@PCARorg)
    Hosted by @PCARorg and Dr. Ian Elliott (@ianaelliott), criminal psychologist and a research scholar at the Justice Center for Research at Penn State University.