Every April is nationally designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Because sexual assault affects everyone—survivors, family, friends, loved ones—we all have a unique role in challenging sexual assault. This month, take action—attend a rally, workshop, or training—and let’s talk about how we can support survivors and help end rape.

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According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, “the goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.” GSU plans events to support survivors and encourage bystanders to intervene.

Schedule of Events

Download the SAAM 2019 Flyer (PDF)


Thursday, April 2
SAAM Resource Fair
Hall of Governors, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Join us for our first annual sexual assault awareness month (SAAM) resource fair. Students will have access to helpful resources and can participate in fun interactive activities to increase their sexual assault prevention IQ.


Tuesday, April 9 & 16
ItsOnUs, Taking Action (Active Bystander Intervention)
Prairie Place Classroom, 2 – 3 p.m. & 4 - 5 p.m.

Discuss how to create a community where students are able to recognize, and learn strategies to intervene in situations that have the potential to be violent or harmful. 


Tuesday, April 23
Clothesline Project

Hall of Governors, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Clothesline Project started on Cape Cod, MA in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. The GSU Clothesline Project is a vehicle for women and children affected by sexual violence to express their emotions. The shirts are hung on a clothesline as testimony to the problem of sexual violence. Hosted in collaboration with the YWCA, which provides assistance to victims of sexual assault and educates about the effects of violence in our community.

Tuesday, April 23
Take Back the Night

Lakeside Lounge, 6 – 8 p.m.
Join us as we paint and empower survivors through healing and fellowship. This activity is open to all, come and support sexual violence prevention, and continue efforts to keep the jaguar nation safe. Prevention is possible!


Wednesday, April 24
Denim Day (Wear jeans to School/Work)
Pictures taken in HOG, Noon
Denim Day was sparked by a 1998 Italian Supreme Court decision that overturned a rape conviction on the grounds that the survivor was wearing tight jeans. Jeans are now worn worldwide in solidarity with Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in protest against injustice and rape culture. 


Thursday, April 25
Men’s Response to Sexual Assault: It’s Not Just a Women’s Issue
Prairie Place, 4 – 6 p.m.

With the social media event #MeToo sweeping the news, many men have been asking, “What can I do?” This has led to a movement, #MeTooImSorry. Learn about strategies that men can use to be more aware and supportive to victims of sexual assault. Open to all male-identified individuals.

 

 

More information about Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is available at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center website.