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    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
    Posted on 04/26/2021

    Since 2001, The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) has coordinated the national Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign observed every April. This year's theme is 'We Can Build Safe Online Spaces.' Join the campaign by accessing free resources at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center website. Resources are NSVRC available in Spanish.

    Seattle Public Schools supports sexual health education that:

    • Builds positive attitudes and skills needed to reduce rates of pregnancy, STDs and sexual violence.
    • Encourages family communication.
    • Respects diverse community values.

    The School Board has established Policy No. 3208, committing the district to maintaining a positive and productive environment, free from discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, for adults and students. The superintendent shall develop procedures to provide age-appropriate information and education to district staff, students, parents, and volunteers regarding this policy and the recognition and prevention of sexual harassment.

    Educating students and staff about consent in age-appropriate ways is a tangible way to prevent sexual violence. SPS staff currently provide consent education in grades 5 – 9 and will begin to provide consent education to fourth graders starting in 2021-22. You can learn more on the SPS Health Education webpage.

    We would also like to highlight a useful resource developed by Harborview Abuse and Trauma Center: A Safer Family, A Safer World. This resource is a PDF booklet for parents, caregivers, and caring adults to help them prevent the sexual abuse of young people. It provides strategies and tips for talking with young people about sexual abuse and safety.

    It takes all of us to help create safe environments for children. For educational resources, contact the Health Education office at healthed@seattleschools.org. For more information about sexual harassment or sexual assault, or to report an incident, please contact the Office for Student Civil Rights.