SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH
SAAM 2022: I hear you
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Each year, the Center for Student Wellness leads a campus-wide initiative to promote awareness, address prevention, and prompt response surrounding sexual harassment, assault, abuse and violence.
This year we reflect on how we provide space for survivors of interpersonal violence to ask for help and what does support look like. We recognize and emphasize the importance of listening to and believing survivors, while providing resources that exist both on and off campus. Being present for survivors empowers them to seek healing in the manner that they need.
Read what our student co-chairs have to say in @theU!
Pay It Forward at the Campus Store!
For the month of April 2022, customers at the University of Utah Campus Store can opt-in to Pay it Forward, a program that allows customers to donate money to a selected organization by rounding up their purchase to the nearest dollar amount. In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, roundups during the month of April will go to the Center for Student Wellness. The funds will be used for our victim-survivor care packages and violence prevention programming.
We will have an information table on the south side of the main store from 12pm to 1pm on April 11th, 18th, and 25th.
Our partners in the Marriott Library have curated a list of books to read in honor of SAAM
Calendar of events
SAAM Kickoff: How do you support survivors?
| Monday, April 4 | 12 - 2pm | Union Lobby
| Tuesday, April 5 | 12 - 2pm | East Entrance of Marriott Library
This tabling event is open to everyone in our campus community in our efforts to bring awareness to sexual assault on campus and identify our role within that. We welcome students to stop by one of our locations and evaluate how they can personally provide support to survivors. Participants will be entered into a raffle to win a self-care package!
denim day pictures
| Wednesday, April 6 | 12 - 2pm | Union Lobby
Wear denim and show you stand in solidarity with those who have been victim-blamed in cases of sexual assault and rape. Visit our table with your denim and have your picture taken to show your support. Pictures taken at the event will be posted on our Instagram (@uofuwellness) on the last Wednesday of April (4/27), when Denim Day is observed internationally .
It's On Us presents Boundaries Workshop
| Wednesday, April 13 | 2:30 - 4pm | Union Theater
It’s On Us is a sexual assault awareness & consent club here at the University of Utah. Their goal is to prevent sexual assault on campus, educate the public, raise awareness, and support survivors!
When it comes to relationships with friends, family, significant others, and daily relationships, boundaries are essential for setting up comfort zones and respect. Come join It’s On Us for their Boundaries Workshop, where we create boundaries of the past, present, and future in a safe environment.
Mobile STI Testing Clinic
| Thursday, April 14 | 11am - 1pm | Union West Ballroom
Grab your student ID, a friend, and come get testing at our mobile STI testing clinic! We offer free, non-invasive testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia...and it's FREE! You'll also have a chance to speak with a peer counselor about safer sex practices and they'll hook you up with protection, lube, and lots of great information.
Should you test positive, we (the Center for Student Wellness) will pay for your treatment -- as well as your partners at the Student Health Center.
Letters to Our Community
| Tuesday, April 19 | 12 - 3pm | Union Patio
Come write a letter to your community expressing your feelings regarding sexual assault on campus. The letters will be displayed in the Union for the remainder of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The purpose of this event is to show the collective desire for our student body to witness institutional change. We will also have educational information on how to get involved in advocacy for your communities.
Assemble care kits for survivors
| Wednesday, April 20 | 12:30 - 1:30pm | SFEBB Lobby
Join the Women in Business in putting together care kits for survivors of sexual assault. Leave an empowering note to add to the kit! You can donate at: amzn.to/36IC9Bx
Rape Recovery presents Rape Myths & facts
| Thursday, April 21 | 1:30 - 3pm | Union Theatre
The Rape Recovery Center (RRC) is a non-profit organization within Utah that empowers those victimized by sexual violence through advocacy, crisis intervention, and therapy and educates the community about the cause, impact, and prevention of sexual violence. The RCC will be coming to campus to facilitate their popular Rape Myths & Facts presentation. This presentation is a general overview of current prevalence rates, type of assaults, and “at-risk” population. Please come join us, and learn more about the impacts that contribute to sexual violence!
Fraternity & Sorority Action Plan Poster Presentations
| Tuesday, April 26 | 10am – 2pm | Union West Ballroom
Throughout the spring semester, members of the Fraternity & Sorority community at the U have been engaging in dialogue and learning experiences to address sexual misconduct as well as a better understanding of related topics including alcohol awareness, bystander intervention, campus and community resources, how to engage in difficult conversations, and more. This poster session will be a chance for those organizations to share with campus and the community what their members have learned and what their organization’s are committed to doing moving forward to continue to develop their membership in these areas and more.
Solidari-TEA: Safe Space for Survivors
| Wednesday, April 27 | 1 - 4pm | Union Den
Join us in a soothing space for folx who have experienced interpersonal or sexual violence and are interested in building community on campus. Come decompress with a therapy dog and enjoy coffee, tea, and snacks. Settle in to create some hand-crafted self-care items.
SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLKIT
We want you to get involved! We have curated a SAAM toolkit filled with marketing assets (this includes VIRTUAL BACKGROUNDS).
To access this toolkit, click here. This link will take you to the UBox.