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SAAM: Sexual Assault Awareness Month at the U

Engage Voices. Challenge Rape Culture.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time where we highlight the history and culture of sexual violence to educate, raise awareness, and rejuvenate prevention efforts. This month we have chosen the theme "Engage Voices. Challenge Rape Culture." to invite all voices to join together to end sexual violence in all its forms. 

Please join us for one or more events hosted by various partner offices on campus throughout April. See below for program details and contact us with any questions you may have.  

#UofUSAAM Events

  • Kickoff event! Join us for some photo booth fun to showcase your support for survivors while also learning about the month's events!
    • Date: April 3 @ 12 pm to 3 pm 
    • Location: Union Lobby

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  • Take Back the Night: We seek to end sexual violence in all of its forms. Join us to march in solidarity with survivors! After the march, Rep. Romero will discuss recent legislation pertaining to sexual assault-- the progress that has been made, and the work that still lay ahead. RSVP & find more info here. If you'd like to make signs for the march, join Students for Choice in room 319 in the Union building at the U. 
    • Date: April 5 @ 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
    • Location: start at President's Circle (U of U) and march to Converse Hall (at Westminster) 
    • Presenter: Representative Angela Romero
  • Bystander Intervention Training:Bystander intervention training empowers people to intervene in (and prevent) potentially harmful situations. To learn more: StepInSpeakUp.com. Food will be provided.     
    • April 12 @ 12 pm to 2 pm in the Union Den
    • Presenters: Jenna Templeton & Maya Jolley (CSW Health Educators)
  • "I Don't Get It": Taking a Closer Look at Rape Culture: Join us for a sexual assault 101 presentation and dialogue. Food will be provided. 
    • April 13 @ 11 am to 12 pm in the Union Den
    • Presenters: Jodi Petersen & Darrah Jones (CSW Victim Advocates)
  • Centering Margins within Movement: During this workshop we will explore rape culture through the lens of our embodied experiences. Food will be provided.
    • Date: April 19 @ 11 am to 12:30 pm
    • Location: Audre Lorde Student Lounge (Union 293)
    • Presenters: Ella Blanchard (LGBT RC), Liz Owens (Planned Parenthood), Romeo Jackson (ELP Graduate Student)
  • Protecting U: Introducing New Policy on Sexual Violence: Join us in learning of the U's new policy on sexual violence and how this impacts our campus. Come ready to discuss! Food will be provided. 
    • April 19 @ @ 2:30 pm to 4 pm
    • Location: Union Theatre
    • Presenters: Sherrie Hayashi (OEO), Lori McDonald (DOS) 
  • Barriers to Reporting: Why Survivors Remain Silent: Join us for a panel discussion to examine the complex reasons why survivors may not report, with a special focus on how marginalized communities may access community vs. state resources. Food will be provided. 
    • April 20 @ 11 am to 12:30 pm in Union, Parlor A
    • Panelists: Heather Horstmeier (UPD), Liz Prince (OEO), Julie Stephenson (UCASA), and Phoebe Galvez (RRC). Moderator, Susan Chamberlain (UCC)

 *We strive to choose event locations near gender-neutral bathrooms.

Thank you to the following offices and community organizations for supporting SAAM efforts on the U of U campus:

Healthy Relationships

Fostering healthy relationships is one way to decrease and end interpersonal violence. The CSW promotes the 5 keys of healthy relationships to keep our students on campus happy, healthy, and safe. See the infographic below to learn more. A wealth of information can be found on the NSVRC and CDC websites.

Health Relationships

Last Updated: 4/17/17