Raliance is a collaborative initiative dedicated to ending sexual violence in one generation. As the go-to resource for policymakers, advocates, service providers, prevention practitioners and the media, Raliance boldly and innovatively advances the field nationally. Raliance is comprised of three national sexual violence prevention organizations – the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)-PreventConnect and the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) - with over 70 years of anti sexual violence activism. Raliance – be the generation that ends sexual violence.


Raliance brought together a community of diverse activists whose stories have not been central to the movement and use this national space to elevate the visibility of these stories in order to eradicate gender-based violence. By nurturing the conditions for their own empowerment, Raliance supports young activisits to bring learning and activism back to their communities to end gender-based violence. To help us build collective power and voice to achieve this, we are convened ThisGEN: Youth Summit from March 6th-10th 2017 in Washington DC. This 5-day event engaged 75 sophomore and junior High School students from 25 states in leadership and learning opportunities through four tracks:


Utlizing social media and messaging to change public opinion and discourse about gender-based violence.

Leveraging the influence of sports and athletes to end gender-based violence.

Engaging in policy advocacy to propose grass-tops solutions to ending gender-based violence.

Activating community-organizing strategies to catalyze grass-roots efforts to end gender-based violence.


Media Summit & Contest

Raliance, in partnership with The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, recognizes the importance of sexual violence reporting. The RALLYs awards honor the highest level of journalistic achievement in covering sexual violence and were presented at the Raliance Media Summit on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C. This one-day event brought together journalists to discuss changing the landscape on sexual violence reporting.

RALLYs Winners

Sexual violence is a complex topic for journalists to cover and can be even more difficult for the general public to understand. At the nexus of trauma, violence, crime and public health, news coverage on sexual assault and rape often lacks the depth of context connecting specific events with broader social patterns. Raliance congratulates the following contest finalists in the four categories who have demonstrated effective reporting that conveys the scope of the problem of sexual violence while also identifying solutions and challenging the notion that these acts are inevitable.

1st Place"Flight Risk" from Slate in Brookline, Massachusetts, Nora Caplan-Bricker, contributing writer

2nd Place"BuzzFeed News: Ethics and they Eye of the Beholder" from BuzzFeed News in New York, New York, Katie J.M. Baker, Senior National Reporter
3rd Place Tie"At Profiles Theatre the drama and abuse is real" from the Chicago Reader in Chicago, Illinois, Aimee Levitt, Staff Writer; Christopher Piatt, Contributing Writer; Robin Amer, Editor
3rd Place Tie"BuzzFeed news: Some Days The Bomb Goes Off: The Ballerina Who Accused Her Instructor Of Sexual Assault" from BuzzFeed News in New York, New York, Jessica Luther, BuzzFeed Contributor

1st Place"Doctors & Sex Abuse" from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in Atlanta, Georgia, Carrie Teegardin, reporter; Danny Robbins, reporter; Ariel Hart, reporter; Jeff Ernsthausen, data journalist; Ryon Horne, Videographer; Richard Watkins, web application specialist/illustrator; Alan Judd, reporter; Johnny Edwards, reporter
2nd Place"Sex Trafficking: The Victims Next Door" from the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minnesota, David Unze, reporter; Stephanie Dickrell, reporter; Jenny Berg, reporter; Dave Schwarz, photojournalist; Lisa Schwarz, editor; Abigail Faulkner, producer

 3rd Place"Facing the Problem" from the SME Harbinger in Fairway Kansas, Celia Hack, Co-Online Editor; Morgan Browning, Head Photo Editor; Ellie Cook, Co-Online Editor; Caroline Heitmann, Head Copy Editor; Staff

1st Place"A question of honor at Brigham Young University" from The Salt Lake Tribune in Salt Lake City, Utah, Erin Alberty, reporter; Jessica Miller, reporter; Rachel Piper, editor; Sheila McCann, managing editor; Staff of The Salt Lake Tribune
2nd Place"Rape kit series" from The Plain Dealer" in Cleveland, Ohio, Rachel Dissell, reporter
3rd Place"BuzzFeed News: Unfounded: Investigation into the Baltimore County Police Department's handling of rape cases", from BuzzFeed News in New York, New York, Alex Campbell, Investigative Reporter; Katie J.M. Baker, Senior National Reporter

1st Place"BuzzFeed News: Tyler Kingkade's reporting on sexual violence" from BuzzFeed News, Tyler Kingkade, National Reporter

2nd Place"Coverage of Vanderbilt rape case" from The Tennessean / USA Today Network in Nashville, Tennessee, Stacey Barchenger, courts and criminal justice reporter; Adam Tamburin, higher education reporter
3rd Place"University of Minnesota sexual assault" from the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minneapolis, Minnesota, John Shipley, Reporter/Columnist

Linda Saltzman New Investigator Award

Raliance is pleased to join Futures Without Violence and the National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in sponsoring the 6th biennial Linda Saltzman New Investigator Award that recognizes an outstanding new investigator with 2-10 years of experience working in the field of domestic violence, sexual violence, or dating violence.

We are honored to recognize Dr. Cynthia Fraga Rizo, PhD, MSW, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Chosen from a competitive group of outstanding candidates, Dr. Rizo carries the spirit, rigor, and dedication to the field that Dr. Linda Saltzman embodied. This Award will be presented at the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence held in San Francisco on September 26-28, 2017

About the Award

Dr. Linda Saltzman worked as the Senior Scientist at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Division of Violence Prevention where she initiated numerous studies highlighting the public surveillance and health outcomes of domestic and sexual violence. Through her groundbreaking work, she laid the foundation for uniform definitions of intimate partner violence, data collection and community partnerships among researchers and advocates.

This year Raliance* joined Futures Without Violence and the CDC Foundation and a committee of experts in selecting an outstanding individual based on the quality of their research and its implications for the field; commitment to underserved communities; mentorship and collaboration with fellow researchers, health providers and advocates in the field. Research candidates considered came from a variety of professions including, but not limited to doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, public health professionals and advocates.

About the 2017 Honoree

Cynthia Fraga Rizo, PhD, MSW is an Assistant Professor at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Dr. Rizo has dedicated her professional life to understanding the mechanisms of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and trauma with a focus on children and Latina and south Asian immigrants. As a dedicated practitioner of engaged scholarship, Cynthia has partnered with North Carolina Coalitions’ Against Domestic Violence’s (NCCADV) in training, services and research, and sharing her expertise on the effects of domestic violence on children and parenting. Her primary research focus consists of developing and evaluating interventions for particularly vulnerable intimate partner violence survivors, including Latinas, immigrants, and system-involved survivors. Dr. Rizo is currently working on a project to develop school-based sex trafficking content for students as well as protocols that schools can use to connect at risk youth and victims to needed community services. She has published more than twenty articles in refereed scholarly journals, teaches social work classes at UNC through the lenses of partner violence and trauma, and mentored and supervised the work of more than ten Master’s and Doctoral-level student scholars at the UNC School of Social Work.

Thank you to all who submitted nominations!

Raliance has received seed funding from the National Football League (NFL) to coordinate prevention, policy, and messaging efforts; establish a presence in the Washington, DC metro area; and to award grants to advance a variety of promising practices and policies. Raliance is a vehicle for directing new private funding to programs that have demonstrated expertise in addressing and preventing sexual violence. Through its grant program, Raliance will fund promising practices or policies that are replicable and that:

Improve the response to victims of sexual violence

Reduce the likelihood of perpetration of sexual violence; or

Strengthen communities’ capacity to create safe environments

Projects awarded will contribute to the coordinated implementation of a comprehensive initiative to change the culture in one generation by aligning sexual violence services, prevention, messaging, and policy goals; or by contributing to the existing body of evidence and/or promising practices or policies related to sexual violence. Funded projects are those that can be replicated.


Category 1

Services or advocacy for people who have been sexually victimized

Category 2

Strategies for reducing the likelihood of people to sexually offend

Category 3

Organizational, systemic, or community-level prevention strategies (Partners have a particular interest in projects addressing sexual violence prevention within sports institutions)

Deadline for submission: July 20, 2017 5pm ET

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Raliance is pleased to announce the first-round of grant awardees. Each of the following 27 grantees will receive funding of up to $50,000 – totaling nearly $1.2 million across all projects – from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.


Raliance is pleased to announce the second-round of grant awardees. Each of the following 14 grantees will receive funding of up to $50,000 – totaling over $600,000 across all projects.