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Reform means positive change for victims of sexual assault

During the 2017 legislative session, we prioritized amending the Sexual Assault Protection Order (SAPO) Act in Washington state to better support and protect survivors of sexual assault. With your help, and the help of other advocates, survivors, lawmakers, and like-minded organizations, this common-sense, victim-focused reform was successfully passed.

These changes take effect this Sunday, July 23! What does this historic reform mean for survivors of sexual assault?

Sexual Assault Awareness Throughout King County

This April, we called on you to raise your voices during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).

During SAAM, we come together to raise public awareness about sexual violence, educate communities on how to prevent it, and give individuals the chance to speak out.

Amplified Stories: I Am Not the Only One

AMPLIFIED STORIES is a platform created by KCSARC in order to amplify the voices of survivors of sexual violence. Shared experiences hold the power to validate, heal, and change. The post below was submitted by a survivor who gave KCSARC permission to share their story.

'Being able to have a conversation about sexual assault is a big step forward.'

We asked Anna Moore, a longtime KCSARC supporter and community advocate, about the changes in conversation surrounding sexual assault, what people can do help prevent violence, and why she is such a strong supporter of KCSARC’s mission.  


What do you think has changed for the better in the public's perception about sexual assault?

I think that general awareness has increased. There is more outreach being done in the community, there is more media/social media attention about the issue of sexual violence.

Amplified Stories: Choose the Healing Path That's Right for You

AMPLIFIED STORIES is a platform created by KCSARC in order to amplify the voices of survivors of sexual violence. Shared experiences hold the power to validate, heal, and change. The post below was submitted by a survivor who gave KCSARC permission to share their story.

Changing the Conversation

As Sexual Assault Awareness Month comes to an end, we want to challenge you to continue changing the conversation with family, with friends, and with colleagues in effort to stop sexual assault.

To help with this challenge, every Monday, we’ll post a new topic with questions on our Instagram feed. We hope you will continue asking – and answering – these thought-provoking questions.

Amplified Stories: I'm afraid sometimes, but I know I'm not alone.

AMPLIFIED STORIES is a platform created by KCSARC in order to amplify the voices of survivors of sexual violence. Shared experiences hold the power to validate, heal, and change. The post below was submitted by a survivor who gave KCSARC permission to share their story.

'My job is full of hope': A Conversation with KCSARC's Prevention Services Specialist

We asked Rachel Taylor, Prevention Services Specialist at KCSARC, questions about the the changes in sexual assault prevention, what she enjoys about her work, and where she has seen positive progress in the public's perception of sexual violence.

Amplified Stories: Call Rape What It Is

AMPLIFIED STORIES is a platform created by KCSARC in order to amplify the voices of survivors of sexual violence. Shared experiences hold the power to validate, heal, and change. The post below was submitted by a survivor who gave KCSARC permission to share their story.

What do we mean by 'sexual assault prevention'?

What does sexual assault prevention actually mean?

This year, the theme of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is PREVENTION. What does preventing sexual assault mean--and where do we start?

Ending sexual assault involves with uprooting harmful beliefs that excuse sexual violence and replacing them with values that promote equality and respect. When we talk about sexual assault prevention, we’re talking about challenging and uprooting harmful stereotypes.

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