Raliance, a national collaborative committed to ending sexual violence in one generation, recently announced eleven recipients of more than $515,000 total in sexual assault prevention grants.
This is the third round of an ongoing grant program seeking to advance projects, strategies or policies that improve responses to victims, reduce the likelihood of perpetration of sexual violence and strengthen communities’ capacity to create safe environments. This diverse group of exceptional grant recipients joins 41 additional projects Raliance has invested in through one-year grants since 2016 totaling over $2.3 million.
“We are proud to support the concrete solutions and prevention activities being accomplished each day in communities as determined as we are to end sexual violence,” said Karen Baker, Raliance managing partner and director of National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), adding:
Prevention is possible and it’s happening.”
Comprised of the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV), the NSVRC and California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) – PreventConnect, Raliance was founded in 2015 through a multimillion dollar seed investment by the National Football League.
The eleven grantees fall into Raliance’s three focus areas. They will receive funds for sexual assault prevention work beginning in April 2018 and lasting through March 31, 2019.
Category 1: Services or advocacy for people who have been sexually victimized
- $29,670 – 1in6 located in Santa Clarita, California, will create a free, anonymous, chat-based online support group program for partners of men who have experienced sexual abuse or assault.
- $50,000 – DC Rape Crisis Center in Washington, DC will collaborate with VidaAfrolatina to explore long-term strategies for addressing child sexual abuse in black communities. The project will advance a policy roundtable and conduct a needs assessment of adult survivors of child sexual abuse, as well as support training.
- $35,720 – Faith Trust Institute in Seattle, Washington, will create an educational resource for sexual assault advocates and allies on the importance of faith beliefs and religious culture in the lives of many sexual assault survivors.
- $50,000 – Women’s Coalition of St. Croix in Christiansted, Virgin Islands, will produce a weekly radio and podcast series to increase awareness and educate on child sexual abuse in the Virgin Islands. This project will prevent future abuse and increase collaboration among victim service providers.
Category 2: Strategies for reducing the likelihood of people to sexually offend
- $50,000 – Black Women’s Blueprint in Brooklyn, New York will expand the Emerging Sons project and use culturally specific education and messaging to help black men and boys renegotiate black masculinity.
- $50,000 – Impact Justice in Oakland, California, will pilot What We Needed, a program to increase understanding about child-on-child sexual harm. Listening sessions will inform model policy recommendations to state and federal entities as well as an advocacy action plan to aid other states seeking similar action.
- $50,000 – Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa, will develop a culturally specific curriculum for middle school boys in sports programs to recognize gender-based violence, interrupt harmful gender norms and increase awareness about community resources for survivors.
Category 3: Organizational, systemic or community-level prevention strategies
- $50,000 – Coordinadora Paz para la Mujer in San Juan, Puerto Rico, will advance Jangueo con Sentido (Hanging-out with Sense, Hanging-out with Consent), an initiative creating respectful and healthy college environments through awareness and educational activities on campuses, sport or other events.
- $50,000 – IMPACT in Boston, Massachusetts, will develop sexual abuse prevention programming and model policies for adaptive sports organizations that addresses the unique realities of athletic organizations for people with disabilities.
- $50,000 – Men As Peacemakers / Men and Masculine Folks Network in Duluth, Minnesota, will create a series of nine sexual violence prevention videos for the racial/ethnic communities in Minnesota: Hmong, Latino, Native American/Indigenous, African American/Black, queer folks and White. These videos will inform relevant engaging trainings for men.
- $50,000 – Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault in Kansas City, Missouri, will help a network of 30,000 soccer coaches across the United States access resources to better understand and prevent sexual violence.
In November 2017, Raliance also launched the Sport + Prevention Center, with resources and online tools to create a sport culture that free of domestic and sexual violence.