April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, where we work to build a connected community dedicated to ending sexual violence and supporting survivors. April 2024 marks the 23rd anniversary of the first official SAAM. Stay tuned for SAAM 2024 updates!

While SAAM is a wonderful opportunity to recommit to prevention, it is critical that we don’t put prevention aside when the month is over; it needs to be an ongoing, yearlong process. Please click here to learn more about how you can contribute to prevention every day, or click here to request a training on prevention topics. You can also access more SAAM materials below. 


MCASA is excited to announce the launch of our statewide awareness campaign, ‘We Believe You.’ Displayed across public transit and social media this SAAM, the campaign aims to promote support for survivors of sexual violence and raise awareness of the resources available to them through Maryland’s 17 Rape Crisis and Recovery Centers. MCASA is here to remind survivors that we believe you, you are not alone, and help is available. 



Building Connected Communities 

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center hosts SAAM every year and has a rotating theme. SAAM 2024's theme is "Building Connected Communities." Find out more here. Stay up to date on virtual SAAM opportunities via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and participate along with us in the NSVRC's #30DaysofSAAM Instagram contest


SAAM Community Events

MCASA is grateful to our community partners who invited us to participate in their SAAM events this year. We were glad to table at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, the University of Maryland College Park, Coppin State University, TurnAround Inc., the Maryland Crime Victims' Rights Conference, the Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center 5K, the African American Community Round Table Health Expo, Calvert Center for Change and more! In addition, MCASA staff spoke at Take Back the Night rallies in Annapolis for the Women’s Legislative Caucus, at Salisbury University, and in Washington County. We also participated in SAAM Panels at Fort Meade, the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, and the Legal Justice Alliance Peace & Justice Summit. We were excited to host a consent activity for over 175 youth at the Montgomery County Respect Fest again this year! 

MCASA on the Go

MCASA released another SAAM podcast series in April 2023. MCASA On The Go can be found and listened to on our website, Spotify, and Youtube. We were also honored to be spotlighted on the National Sexual Violence Resource Center's Resource on the Go Podcast last April! You can click here to listen to the episode.


SAAM Activities

Bored at home? Try these SAAM-related activities, including coloring pages and more!

Previous SAAM Campaigns

Are you seeking ideas for a campaign to bring to your campus or community this SAAM? Check out MCASA's previous SAAM campaigns that can be adapted to meet the needs of your community. If you would like help using one of these campaigns or creating something new, reach out to us for technical assistance at [email protected]

SAAM Resources

We created a resource Planning for Hybrid SAAM - Best Practices Guide that provides tips for developing campaign messaging, expanding your impact, and planning both virtual and in-person SAAM events this year.  


MCASA's Mission Matters. To help us support survivors during SAAM, you can make a donation here