The National Sexual Assault Conference® (NSAC) is an annual conference that brings together more than 1,500 people to share information, advance learning opportunities, and support professional growth to those who work to address the needs of survivors of sexual harassment, assault, and abuse, to raise awareness about these issues, and to prevent them from happening.

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center are not sure what the format will be for the 2022 conference. We are considering a hybrid format with in-person and virtual attendance options, but the format is not certain at this time. If conditions allow for an in-person portion of NSAC, it will be held in Washington D.C., at the Washington Hilton.  

We are excited to announce a call for workshop proposals for the conference, no matter what the format!  The theme of the conference is “Embracing Intersectionality.”

This year’s conference, through the theme, “Embracing Intersectionality” seeks to uplift the role we all have in creating safe and equitable communities. PCAR considers racial justice critical to the movement to address and end sexual violence. We will only be successful in ending sexual violence when we examine and dismantle all forms of oppression.

We welcome workshop proposals that focus on ways to keep the momentum moving through sexual assault specific programs and services. Proposals that actively include and propel traditionally underserved populations which involve interactive learning techniques and innovative methods are encouraged.

We will be focusing on three categories this year:

  • Direct Services – working directly with individuals impacted by sexual violence
  • Prevention – – Presentation or workshop submissions to the Prevention category should describe efforts to engage communities in the prevention of sexual assault, with an emphasis on primary prevention. Workshop proposals should support the needs of local grantees from the Rape Prevention and Education program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Proposals should draw on the best available research and/ or prevention practices
  • Systems/Collaboration – working with allied professionals who support advocates in direct service and work to effect change in systems.

With these categories in mind; topics on all aspects of sexual violence continuum are being sought, including discussions on:

AdvocacyOutreach
Community OrganizingPolicy
CounselingRacial Justice
Culturally Specific PopulationsResearch to Practice
LegalRural/Urban Communities
MediaSexual Assault Specific Programs & Services
MedicalTrauma Informed Services

Criteria:

Proposals will be considered based on the following criteria:

  • Content reflects best practices to address and/or prevent sexual violence;
  • Content reflects recent research on topics related to sexual abuse;
  • Session supports critical conversations to advance work to address and/or prevent sexual violence;
  • Content is aligned with conference theme (“Embracing Intersectionality”);
  • Session includes use of adult learning methods, as appropriate;
  • Session learning objectives are clear.

Workshop Length:

  • Each workshop session is 90 minutes in length, so please plan your workshop accordingly.
  • Workshops that cover two (2) 90 minute sessions will also be considered.

Audience:

The National Sexual Assault Conference® attracts a wide variety of people committed to addressing and preventing sexual harassment, assault, and abuse including:

Advocates

Preventionists

AdvocatesCampus professionals
PreventionistsProsecutors and Attorneys
Community ActivistsLocal, State, National, Territorial, and Tribal Governments
Law EnforcementMilitary
TrainersFunders
SurvivorsCorporate Allies
Health Care ProfessionalsSex Offender Management Experts
Educators

Proposal Submission Process

To fill out the proposal submission form in
English: Click here.
Spanish: Click here

Electronic submissions must be received by 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2022. Applicants will receive notice by March, 2022. For each workshop session, only one (1) presenter will receive one (1) free conference registration and one (1) night’s lodging at the federal government rate if the presenter’s office is more than 50 miles from the conference site (per government guidelines). If the workshop has multiple presenters, then they must select one individual to receive the one (1) free conference registration and one (1) night’s lodging, as permitted. NSVRC or PCAR will not reimburse for any other expenses incurred by the selected presenter(s) for each workshop. Scholarship opportunities are available to those who may need travel assistance. For more information, check www.pcar.org for scholarship announcements.

Proposal Checklist: Before submitting your completed proposal, please make sure that you have all of the requested information/material prepared below. Also, please keep a copy of the below information for your personal records.

  • Title of proposed workshop
  • Length of workshop (1.5 hrs or 3 hrs)
  • Presenters’ names and contact information (a maximum of three co-presenters)
  • Workshop Abstract (50 word maximum)
  • Workshop Objectives (a minimum of three quantitative objectives)
  • Audio/Video/Technical needs
  • Presenter’s Biography (50 words maximum)