Having 24/7 confidential support available by phone is one of the easiest ways programs can offer continuing support to their communities without exposing anyone to possible infection. In times of crisis, survivors may be triggered by the sense of helplessness and powerlessness around the situation they feel. We also know that rates of sexual assault tend to increase in times of disaster. Here is a useful guide for running support lines and talks about why marketing your crisis line as a helpline may broaden who feels comfortable calling for help.  You can access the helpline publication at

Internet-based Survivor Support

NNEDV's SafetyNet Project has created a number of helpful tools for using technology to provide services. Several that they shared again recently include:


The Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative also provides ideas for how to practice flexibility in meeting the varied needs of sexual assault survivors by throwing away the menu.

Telecommuting and Digital Services Best-Practice Resources

SAAM 2020 Ideas

As we are moving all of our work to remote or online spaces, local programs are needing to re-imagine what SAAM 2020 can look like. Creating spaces to gather with other survivors may take on increased importance this year as people are experiencing higher levels of isolation and disconnection due to shelter-in-place and physical distancing guidelines. To support local programs, OAESV has created SAAM Materials for online use and NSVRC shared strategies for virtual engagement during SAAM

Some more virtual engagement ideas for SAAM:

  • Interactive movie screenings using online platforms
  • Social Media scavenger hunt
  • Virtual trauma-informed yoga sessions
  • Creating podcasts
  • Hosting online/telephone bookclubs
  • Creating care packages and doing letter-writing campaigns to survivors
  • Writing survivor love letters
  • Participating in taking Back the Night virtual events
  • Facilitated self-care call-ins for college students
  • Virtual 5k
  • Facebook Live events
  • #30daysofSAAM Instagram:
  • Recorded reading of statewide SAAM proclamations
  • OAESV's "Affirmation Coloring Cards" printed and colored or colored on tablets or devices

Other creative ideas you've heard of or imagined and want to share? Email our Communications Team at to share more ideas. 

Title IX During COVID