A Sexual Assault Awareness Reading List

By Victoria James
June 16, 2022

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is an annual campaign in April to raise public awareness about sexual assault and to educate communities and individuals on sexual violence prevention.

Denim Day is a campaign in April in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The campaign began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court was overturned by justices who felt the rape victim implied consent because her jeans were tight and therefore must have helped her rapist remove them. Following this ruling, women from the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Since then, what started as a local campaign to bring awareness to the injustices of victim blaming and destructive myths that surround sexual violence, has grown into a movement.

April is over but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to learn and support each other all year round. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) and The Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV) have teamed up to stand against sexual violence. Once a month at SNFL a representative from the Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence will be available to answer questions about their services. ENDGBV operates the New York City Family Justice Centers, service centers which provide vital social services, civil legal and criminal justice assistance, and more—all under one roof. Learn more at www.nyc.gov/ENDGBV, or stop by our next Meet and Greet at SNFL.

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month we have compiled a short list of books that explore some of the many topics surrounding sexual violence. For more recommendations, please drop by your local library.

If you or someone you know needs help, we are here for you.

National Sexual Assault Hotline
Hours: Available 24 hours

NYC Sexual Violence Helplines
In an emergency, call 911.
1-800-942-6906: New York State Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline for confidential assistance.
1-844-845-7269: Report sexual assault on a New York college campus to the New York State Police.
New York City: 1-800-621-HOPE (4673) or 311.

NYC Family Justice Center Locations
NYC Family Justice Center, Bronx
198 East 161st Street, 2nd Floor

NYC Family Justice Center, Brooklyn
350 Jay Street, 15th Floor

NYC Family Justice Center, Manhattan
80 Centre Street, 5th Floor

NYC Family Justice Center, Queens
126-02 82nd Avenue

NYC Family Justice Center, Staten Island
126 Stuyvesant Place

Summaries provided via NYPL’s catalog, which draws from multiple sources. Click through to each book’s title for more.