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 seeks to bring 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. Through supporting youth and nurturing the conditions for their own empowerment, Raliance hopes to encourage youth 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 convening ThisGEN: Youth Summit from March 6th-10th 2017 in Washington DC. This 5-day event will engage sophomore and junior High School students in leadership and learning opportunities through three tracks:

Using 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

Catalyzing individuals and communities through community organizing and policy advocacy to end gender-based violence

  • Nov 11

    Application closed.

  • Dec 9

    Invitations sent to selected participants.

  • Dec 21

    Participants confirm participation, Non-fellowship participant – 50% tuition due, non-refundable.

  • Jan 13

    Non-fellowship participant – second 50% tuition / final payment due, non-refundable.

  • Mar 6-10

    ThisGEN: Youth Summit

If you have any further questions about the Youth Summit, please see our ThisGEN: Youth Summit FAQs or email us!

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. Responsible and high-impact reporting uses statistics, stories and background to enhance public understanding of how sexual violence impacts individuals, families and communities. Excellence in coverage of sexual violence highlights the spectrum of sexual violence and range of people affected. Most importantly, effective reporting on sexual violence conveys the scope of the problem while also identifying solutions and challenging the notion that these acts are inevitable.

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. The RALLYs will be presented at the Raliance Media Summit on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C. This one-day event will bring together journalists to discuss reporting on sexual violence.

Everyday Journalism

This award honors community coverage of any issue related to sexual violence. This category is for short-form, “beyond the blotter” narrative stories and may include breaking news pieces. Entries must include two stories and may include related multimedia, graphics, etc. Stories may be produced by one person or a team. Entries will be evaluated on their journalistic excellence in reporting, storytelling and presentation, as well as the ability to provide context for larger issues surrounding sexual violence. An introductory letter should explain how this entry enhanced public understanding of sexual violence.

Digital Innovation

This award honors excellence in covering sexual violence through digital tools and/or platforms. These non-narrative entries may include data visualization, infographics, video, photos and/or interactive multimedia packages, or be part of a package that also includes narrative or a long-form article. The elements may be produced by one person or a team, and are not limited to a single sexual violence topic. Entries will be evaluated on their innovative approach, digital production and design, and opportunities for audience engagement.

Investigative Series

This award honors a series of stories or broadcasts that thoroughly explores one issue related to sexual violence. These stories may be produced by one person or a team. Entries will be evaluated on their excellence in reporting and storytelling, as well as sensitive and professional coverage.

Feature Story

This award honors a narrative feature story or single broadcast on the topic of sexual violence that is not breaking news. These stories may be produced by one person or a team. Entries will be evaluated on their writing and narrative skill (whether print, online or broadcast), as well as sensitive and thorough storytelling that puts the issue in context.

Deadline for submission: March 17, 2017

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.


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.