About Respect Together
Coming together to address and overcome the challenges of harassment, and oppression, fostering a compassionate and just society for everyone.
PCAR received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as part of the Violence Against Women Act, to create a National Sexual Violence Resource Center, that opened in July 2000. The NSVRC has grown to be a leading nationwide provider of information and tools, including hosting the largest resource library in the world devoted to sexual violence and its prevention and coordinating Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) activities each April.
Over time, the acronym PCAR was used to mean both the entire organization and also the state coalition activities. This created confusion, as did having a national entity under the umbrella of a state organization. For these, and other, reasons the organization was rebranded in 2023 as Respect Together. This name together with the tagline “united to end sexual abuse, assault, and harassment”, reflects the vision we are moving toward and that it can only be achieved by working closely with many partners and allies.
Respect Together unites all elements of our work under one name with the continuing operation of our two major divisions – the re-named Pennsylvania Coalition to Advance Respect (PCAR), which focuses on advocacy in Pennsylvania; and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), which provides resources and prevention strategies at the national level. Together, we are working to disrupt the driving forces behind sexual violence to create and uphold safe, equitable communities with a culture of respect for all people.
PCAR is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ (PANO) Seal of Excellence for successfully completing their rigorous Standards for Excellence® accreditation program. The Standards for Excellence offers tools and resources to empower nonprofits to meet the highest standards of governance, management and operations.
The Respect Together Board of Directors is made up of community members and representatives from rape crisis centers and organizations.