US Background Information

The Introduction of NAPASA into the US

In June of 2002, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) awarded Edward Renner a Sage Grant to establish an US web site for a National Action Plan Against Sexual Assault (napasa) based on the applied materials developed through the basic research program. The proposal was for a two-phase effort: 

Phase One

Phase Two

The Making a Difference National Conferences

In October of 2003, Edward Renner of NAPASA and Joanne Archambault of Sexual Assault Training and Investigations (SATI) were award funding to hold two national conferences, one in Canada and one in the United States, to implement the NAPASA strategy. The Canadian work is under the sponsorship of Carleton University and the US project is sponsored by End Violence Against Women (EVAW).

Participant-communities will receive full funding to attend the training conferences, and will receive follow-up support. Selection of participant-communities will be on a competitive basis.

Details of this social change program and application procedures are available on this site. Click on the "Making a Difference" link in the index at the left side of the screen for the most current information.

The "Making a Difference" project will considerably expand the amount of technical materials available over the next 30 months. The NAPASA web site will contain updated information on a regular basis, and it provide a sign-up form to register to receive announcements.

All of the NAPASA materials will remain in the public domain, and may be freely downloaded for use by local groups, and may be freely reproduced or published.